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  • The most recent report on Romania by the Council of Europe, meant to review Romania’s fulfilment of the commitments taken by ratifying the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, has been published last week, and assesses the situation of minority languages in Romania, including Hungarian, which is the most widely spoken language in the […]

  • In the past few weeks Hungarian teachers and educational experts alike have been outraged over a recently modified regulation, which states that starting this year the English language contest organised by the Ministry of Education will also test translation competences. The regulation specifies that texts in English can be translated exclusively to and from Romanian. […]

  • Mihai TUDOSE, Romania’s Prime Minister threatened to hang those Hungarians from Transylvania, who hoist the Szekler flag, the unofficial regional symbol of three Romanian counties. The Prime Minister said this after the presidents of the three Hungarian parties from Transylvania signed a joint statement regarding autonomy. The declaration adopted in Cluj-Napoca/Kolozsvár by UDMR/RMDSZ, PCM/MPP and […]

  •   The High Court of Cassation and Justice, Romania’s supreme court, in a final judgement annulled a decision of the National Council for Combating Discrimination (CNCD) from 2014. The decision in question was a milestone as far as minority rights protection is concerned, since it stated that the lack of bilingual street name signs in […]

  • At an amateur football championship organised in Cluj-Napoca/Kolozsvár the past weekend, supporters of the Universitatea Cluj football team violently beat the Hungarian fans of CFR 1907 and fans of Videoton and FTC, guest teams from Hungary, in the presence of their families. The Hungarian fanbase of the CFR 1907 football team regularly hosts amateur football […]

  • Former Romanian president Traian BĂSESCU is once again displaying a very hostile attitude towards Szeklerland and the Hungarian community living there. After being among the first ones to declare himself against a set of legislation that was meant to extend linguistic rights for Hungarians, and generate a veritable anti-Hungarian hysteria back in June, the former […]

  • As we approach the Centennial of the Great Union, anti-Hungarian sentiment continues to be rampant in Romania. Any negative news involving the Hungarian community is amplified, exaggerated and used to create tension on a national level. The latest development is especially worrisome, since it involves an incident that was provoked and purposely fabricated in order […]

  • The attacks against the president of UDMR/RMDSZ continue In our last newsletter we reported that the president of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR/RMDSZ), Hunor KELEMEN, came under attack for declaring in an interview that the Hungarian community of Romania does not wish to celebrate the upcoming centennial of Romania’s 1918 Great Union. […]

  • Hunor KELEMEN, the president of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR/RMDSZ) has been harassed for days in the Romanian media for declarations he made regarding the upcoming centennial of the 1918 Great Union, and is now facing threats from civil organisations, as well as individuals, who demand that his Romanian citizenship be taken […]

  • In this week’s newsletter we report on a series of troublesome actions taken by the prefect of Mureș county. After fiercely opposing and fighting the display of the Szekler flag in public spaces for years, it seems he has recently committed himself to eliminating it from private properties as well. In the past few weeks […]