The Mikó Imre Minority Rights Legal Aid Service has been created by the Democratic Alliance of the Hungarians in Romania for the monitoring, reporting and prevention of negative discrimination of any kind against the Hungarian community in Romania.
Our organization bears the name of Mikó Imre (not to be mistaken for Count Mikó Imre whose name was given to the Székely Mikó Kollégium of Sfantu Gheorghe) minority jurist, writer, translator, politician, Transylvanian polyhistor, one of the leaders of the National Hungarian Party between the two Wars.
The creation of such a legal service is exceptionally important since the number of either direct or indirect offences against the Hungarian community has increased so much in the past years that from the point of view of anti-Hungarian feelings, the current situation starts to resemble the situation in the 90s when the deterioration of the interethnic relations led to street fights.
The aim of the Mikó Imre Minority Rights Legal Aid Service is to issue an annual report on the situation and status of the Hungarian community in Romania. The report shall mostly focus on the violation of language rights and freedom of language use, abuses, hate speeches, verbal and physical violence against the community and other forms of ethnic discrimination.
The Romanian government in power tacitly uses the Hungarian community as a shield to distract the public opinion from the restrictive measures and economic difficulties. The minorities represented as the scapegoat is a well-known method, which the politicians and the media often appeal to for subversive purposes. This is why the ethnic minorities are the most defenceless when it comes to the breach of laws and the threat coming from the governing political forces since there is no higher authority in the state which the ethnic minorities could turn to, that could hear their cry and administer justice. It is even more so in the current context when the majority in Parliament is formed without the representation of the Hungarian community.
As the constitutional reform and the country’s regional reorganization draw near, the Hungarian community finds itself yet again in the crossfire of various political interest groups. The Hungarian community does not stand a chance to defend itself by political dialogue in front of the majority government. Thus, the current and future condition of the Hungarian community has become considerably uncertain as the acts of discrimination are everyday occurrences just as well as the minority rights violations and the cleverly organised attacks against the Hungarian community.
In order to guarantee harmonious interethnic relations in Romania, we consider that it is important to identify and denominate shortcomings of the system that is supposed to defend minority rights and the kinds of discrimination suffered by the Hungarians. Moreover in order to prevent the situation from decaying, we deem that it is important to report the aforementioned growing and disquieting trends to the international community.