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Monday, 15 September 2014

Petition to the Government of Hungary for Transcarpathia

00 Greek election 17.06.12. 02

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We the undersigned are committed Magyar people who on this 28 March 2014, gathered in Budapest at the Plaza of Polish General Joseph Bem, in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to demand that the Hungarian territories occupied by the Ukraine would be returned to Hungary and in protest against the sanctions to the Russian people of the Crimea peninsula because they practised their right of self-determination. We demand that the Government of Hungary undertake the following steps unconditionally, especially on Section D of the Constitution, which proclaims that the fight for the rights for the collective rights of the separated Hungarian communities must be a national government policy. We can’t keep passive, just observing, and without taking action when history gives us a new chance to destroy the unjust framework that trampled on our self-determination rights with the Trianon dictate.

It’s more than clear that we must apply the self-determination rights guaranteed by international conventions to the 200,000 Magyars and almost 1 million Rusins of the Transcarpathia Region. This was so far the case in 1991 when a national vote tried to enforce self-determination measure, but the Ukrainian state sabotaged it. The current changes in the Ukraine that were influenced by outside powers, and the return of the Russian community of the Crimean peninsula to Russia by a legitimate national referendum, points up the unconditional duty of the Hungarian Government. As a regional power, it must demand an international military presence to ensure the regarding their return to Hungary, together with the Rusin nation, which lived in friendship with Magyars from times immemorial. We must see to it we guarantee a full territorial autonomy to them, as it is mandatory by the Resolution of the Parliamentary Convention of the European Council n. 1832/2011, which makes such measures compulsory on member states. We’re committed to send signals of enhancement and encouragement to our Magyar brothers and to the Rusins in Transcarpathia, and to other nationalities… Polish, Russians, Rumanians… living in the Ukraine about their right to self-determination and to the Government of Hungary to stand up straight for the above objectives, whilst we condemn any cowardly and subservient behaviour. Therefore:

  1. We require that the government immediately ask for a session of the UN Security Council to secure for the Magyar and Rusin community, which lived for almost 1,000 years in Hungary, a referendum under international control to express their right of self-determination as embodied in the UN International Convention of Political and Human Rights The government should ask that the UN Security Council introduce international peace keeping forces and international observers in sufficient numbers to secure the legitimacy of a referendum in Transcarpathia.
  2. We request that the government recognise immediately the Crimean referendum of 16 March 2014 as an act compatible with international law, as an expression of self-determination, and recognise the return of the Crimean peninsula to the Russian Federation as valid.
  3. We request that the government immediately withdraw its support for all sanctions against Russia in connection to the Crimean referendum and the return of the area, and that the government wouldn’t support any such sanction in the future. In addition, the government should declare that such sanctions conflict with the international norms of guaranteed self-determination, norms disregarded at the 1920 Trianon peace dictates when referenda weren’t allowed and when Hungarian territories were separated from the country and 3.5 million Hungarians were simply and illegally separated from their motherland.
  4. We request that the government immediately ready Hungarian military units to provide security to the 200,000 Magyars of Transcarpathia, of which more than one-third, more than 50,000, are Hungarian citizens, so, EU citizens. In order to do this, we request that we bring all Hungarian military personnel home from foreign lands where they serve foreign interests and that they should serve the motherland and their compatriots according to their oath.
  5. We request that the government immediately announce its claim to the Transcarpathia region, where for many centuries Magyar and Rusin people lived peacefully together, that it return to Hungary, similar to the precedence proven on 15 March 1939 with a revision of the unjust Trianon Treaty. Until that time, these oppressed and second-class citizens of Transcarpathia should be able to voice their desires, to see if they wanted to return to Hungary. We request that Hungary enforce the results of the 1991 Transcarpathia referendum, which requested sweeping autonomy for Rusins, including a Hungarian autonomy for Magyars in the Bereg region (located directly at the present Hungarian/Ukrainian border).
  6. We request that the government stand up for the self-determination rights of all national groups now oppressed on the territory of the Ukraine, especially for the Polish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Rusin, and Russian minorities, to support their cause, and that together with the countries responsible for those nationalities, we’d take all reasonable diplomatic, strategic, and tactical steps for the common success of their self-determination objectives.
  7. We request the immediate removal of Janos Martonyi as Minister of Foreign Affairs, who for many long years showed, especially with his current expressions, that he’s unfit to represent the interests of the Hungarian state in foreign relations in the light of his treasonous and cowardly acts and in his handling of the situation regarding the Ukraine. His acts and releases are to be taken even more seriously in the light of the fact that whilst there’s a historical moment for Magyars to assert our national interests and to at least partly adjust the illegitimate and unjust peace diktat of 1920, an act in collision with international law that sentenced our nation to death, and in spite of which not only in Transcarpathia, but also in former Northern and Southern Hungary and in Transylvania, a sizeable Magyar community managed to survive when faced with persecutions and deprivations of their rights. With regard to this, it’s important that the government bring the issue of all separated Hungarian territories to international forums, as well as before the UN Security Council to highlight the unjust borderlines in the Carpathian basin, to ask for their readjustment, as so far all nations in the area have a measure of self-determination except for the Magyars.
  8. We request that the Hungarian Government raise the issue at the EU Foreign Service and at the EU Council of protecting the rights of 200,000 Magyars, specifically in the light of the fact that more than 50,000 are Hungarian citizens, consequently EU citizens, so the EU has a responsibility to protect them.

The World should see that Magyars are a freedom-loving nation, and together with the Poles and the Russians on our side, we should be able to bring back freedom to Transcarpathia, which is under illegitimate Ukrainian occupation. Finally, we quote Count Istvan Szechenyi, “Everything has its moment in a certain time, which if lost, the virtues and honour are gone forever, and with it, life and all hope”. The above points were accepted unanimously by the members of the demonstration with one vote; we ask all people of good will in our country, in the Carpathian basin, and everywhere in the World to join us, to request together with us the steps described above, at the earliest time, to protect the Magyars of Transcarpathia and to reunite Transcarpathia to our homeland again. We await your effective actions and reply.

Budapest

28 March 2014

In the name of the participants of the demonstration and who voted for the Petition:

Dr Tamás Gaudi-Nagy

Deputy of the National Assembly and Executive of the National Legal Protection Service

György Budaházy

patriot

Dr János Drabik

lawyer

Lorant Hegedus Junior

Protestant pastor

Dr Balázs Lenhardt

Deputy of the National Assembly

Dr Krisztina Morvai

independent Member of European Parliament

György Gyula Zagyva

Deputy of the National Assembly, President of HVIM

http://www.gaudinagytamas.hu/petition_government_hungary_transcarpathia

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Magyars and Rusins Unite to Support Autonomy in Podkarpatskaya Rus

00 Rusin 01. 14.09.14

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On 11 September at the Magyar House in Budapest, the Magyar World Council and Rusin World Council met in joint session. These groups draw their membership from the 15 million Magyars and Rusins living throughout the world, including Zakarpatskaya Oblast in the Ukraine. Deputies of the Hungarian National Assembly (Országgyűlés) and the European Parliament also attended the forum. Such meetings have become important links for the Rusins and Magyars living in Podkarpatskaya, having support from social and political movements in Hungary that favour giving Podkarpatskaya an autonomous federal status within the Ukraine. In this regard, the meeting appealed to the European Parliament, the Hungarian Government, and the Ukrainian junta to heed the results of and legitimise the referenda held in Podkarpatskaya in 1991, during which about 80 percent of those voting were in favour of Podkarpatskaya having an autonomous federal status within the Ukraine.

The address to the European Parliament highlighted the need to prevent allowing the Ukraine to join the EU as long as autonomy for Podkarpatskaya remains unsettled and asked the EU to help the local people to reach this goal. A similar appeal went to the Hungarian state leadership and National Assembly, asking them to support the idea of ​​giving a federal status to Podkarpatskaya. The Congress called on the Ukrainian junta, in particular President Poroshenko, to ensure civil peace in the country, to stop the fratricidal war, and to ban the activities of fascist and extremist groups. It also demanded that the Ukrainian leadership recognise the results of the 1991 referendum as legitimate and grant immediate autonomy to Podkarpatskaya. On 16 September, those who attended the joint session plan a public meeting in Budapest at the Hungarian Parliament building, and they plan to present a petition to the President of the National Assembly with these resolutions, calling on Deputies to support their demands for autonomy.

14 September 2014

Russkaya Vesna

http://rusvesna.su/news/1410701845

Editor:

I got this from a correspondent:

Podkarpatskaya Rus is very small, so, you couldn’t divide it between any two countries. The people democratically decided to return to Hungary:

  • Hungary alone stepped up and told Kiev that it won’t allow Podkarpatskaya to become a second Novorossiya. It has the army to guarantee that… Slovakia doesn’t.
  • Between all the countries that Rusin people live in, there’s no dispute that none treats them better than Hungary does.
  • Magyar isn’t a Slavic language. If Podkarpatskaya Rus joined Slovakia, in maybe three generations the Rusin language would meld into Slovak. It’s already happened in the Pryaševčina. However, since Magyar is so very different from Rusin, the latter would be “protected”.

This confirms the above.

BMD

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

European United Left / Nordic Green Left Condemn Undemocratic Attempt of Kiev Junta to Ban the KPU

00 United European Left. 23.07.14

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The European United Left / Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) expressed its deep concern at the adoption by the Ukrainian Rada of a new law, which, if President (sic) P A Poroshenko signs it into law, would ban the KPU and all of its symbols. It urged Poroshenko not to sign the law, to protect the parliamentary status of the KPU, and to ensure its immunity. The GUE/NGL expressed its solidarity with the KPU; it condemns the blackmail, assault, intimidation, and destruction of property that its opponents hurled at it in recent months. In addition, the actions taken against KPU and the Ukraine’s refusal to fulfil its obligations as a party to major international human rights treaties reflects a dangerous trend in the policies of the new Ukrainian government to suppress opposition voices. All parties and organisations critical of the ruling government should be able to act freely, without restrictions and intimidation. The European parliamentary groups of the GUE/NGL will send an appropriate request to the President of the European Parliament and to the Council of Europe demanding their intervention concerning this issue.

Emily Macintosh

Gay Kavanagh

Press Service of the European United Left / Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL)

23 July 2014

KPU.ua

KPU official website

http://www.kpu.ua/evropejskie-obedinennye-levyelevo-zelenye-severa-osuzhdayut-nedemokraticheskuyu-popytku-ukrainskix-vlastej-zapretit-kompartiyu-ukrainy/

Editor:

Why is the USA silent? It tells you much about how Washington has degenerated into a rogue establishment, which feels that it has the “right” to attack whomever it pleases, whenever it pleases them, with whatever level of force they deem necessary (or possible). This is EVIL… indeed, it’s ANTI-CHRISTIAN (do note that “Christian” clerics are its leading apologists… sadly, Franklin Graham and Pat Robertson aren’t alone). Do note that both Hillary Clinton and Jim DeMint agree on this. None dare call it criminal…

Interestingly, the national delegation with the largest proportion of GUE deputies is from Ireland (4 out of 11; 5 out of 14, if one includes Ulster)… Cyprus is second (2 out of 6) Greece is third (6 out of 21).

BMD

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Greece’s 500

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo. Euroised Greece. 2012

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On 10 June, a reshuffled cabinet took office in Athens, after the ruling New Democracy/PASOK coalition lost the 25 May European elections, with SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) beating them by a 4 percent margin. Prime Minster Antonis Samaras’ revamped coalition solemnly took the oath of office for the second time, the new ministers and secretaries visited the presidential mansion to receive the blessing of the Greek Orthodox archbishop. Samaras walked out of the ceremony in a rush to call the first cabinet meeting of his newly polished government and journalists interpreted his fast pace as a signal to ministers to get on the job quickly and be productive.

One of them, the newly appointed Minister of Public Order, Vassilis Kikilias, didn’t lose time. Less than an hour after he took office, riot police cracked down on a protest of the Ministry of Finance cleaning staff. The protesters were more than 500 women of all ages and national backgrounds, who clean tax offices, the Ministry of Finance, and Customs Services until a ministerial decree fired them all indiscriminately and permanently. The austerity rationale behind the decision was spurious because these women weren’t a fiscal burden… quite the contrary. Privatising cleaning services increased the amount spent to keep public working spaces decently clean. The fate of these 500 women is nothing new in Greece; for years now, and especially since the financial crisis, workers had to take to the streets to reclaim their rights.

Surviving an Acid Attack

Overall, privatising services and reverting to temporary contracts for workers leads to slavery-like conditions of labour exploitation. In Greece, a typical case is the story of the newly elected SYRIZA member of the European Parliament, Konstantina Kouneva. Kouneva, a trained historian, emigrated from Bulgaria to Greece in 2001 because of the financial troubles in Eastern Europe at the time. In 2003, the private company OIKOMET, which had a contract with the Athenian railway service, hired her as a janitor. Seeing the conditions under which her colleagues worked (low and infrequent pay, lack of insurance, mistreatment), Kouneva entered the Athens Janitors Union and soon became one of its leading figures.

From that moment on, she didn’t stop protesting working conditions, struggling for the rights of cleaning staff, often ignored by the main trade unions. She ignored threats against her life and never regretted her decision to continue the fight for labour rights. One night in December 2008, two men attacked Kouneva as she was walking back home in downtown Athens. They threw sulphuric acid in her face and forced her to drink the rest in what could’ve been a fatal attack. The Greek police failed to track down the assailants and bring them to justice; they remain unknown and unpunished to this day. After human rights groups like Amnesty International complained, a court fined the company Kouneva used to work for, concluding that OIKOMET was accountable for failing to protect her after she received death threats. Kouneva survived thanks to the medical care she received, but she’s still undergoing surgery. In July, she’ll be joining the European Parliament and she’ll take the struggle of Greek workers to the heart of the EU.

A Continuing Fight

Meanwhile, in Athens, the Finance Ministry cleaning staff will continue their fight. Recently, a court issued an order to cancel the ministerial decree and rehire these women to their posts, but on 12 June, the government took the decision to the high court, which ruled the order unenforceable until its final judgment in a few months. This doesn’t change the cleaners’ story significance… fired from governmental institutions, some of these women get jobs at half of their original salaries, no insurance in some cases, and unable to fight employer blackmail as employees. This is what the austerity programme is all about.

There is much writing on the high unemployment figures in Greece due to the crisis, but there’s another aspect that affects the working population. Salaries drop, conditions worsen, and the negotiating power of workers disappears. 500 women are continuing the struggle Kouneva paid for with her health, fighting hard to keep the gates that lead to the precarious underclass closed. Despite the fact that they have already won their litigation against the Greek state, conservative politicians, the mainstream media, and riot police constantly attack them. Just recently, they were brutally beaten again while trying to reach the Finance Ministry and demonstrate. On the other hand, other workers’ groups and the Left are standing by them. The same day of the violence, a large demo against the #WorldCup2014 headed to the Brazilian embassy decided to change course and join the cleaners’ protest instead. The cleaners are the conscience of the working class of our times. Standing on the verge of poverty and exclusion, they fight for all of us.

Editor:

This isn’t only happening in Greece… it happens throughout the American South, for instance. I seem to notice that the Republicans who make a loud “Pro-Life” noise also allow corrupt businessmen to brutalise union organisers. Fancy that… low wages and no benes aren’t Pro-Life in the least. The Rick Perrys of this world are noisome hypocrites… they bring the name of “Christian” into disrepute. I’d say that there’s much more to Christianity than mere opposition to abortion and homosexuality, and I’m not alone in thinking that way.

BMD

13 June 2014

Matthaios Tsimitakis

al-Jazeera

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/greeces-500-110953269.html#zeZ4RrU

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