After his question addressed to Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó in March, Jobbik’s vice president Tamás Sneider contacted the head of Hungarian diplomacy once again. Jobbik’s MP did not accept the minister’s answer and submitted a motion voicing his concerns that he could not see the so-called Transylvanian terror charges being met with the protective mechanisms which are laid out in Article D of the Fundamental Law for all Hungarian governments.
Even Romanians stand up for them more efficiently
Criticizing the government for its ineffective protection efforts, Sneider cites the (undoubtedly astounding) example of the Association of Romanians in America which was more active in trying to ensure the rights of these individuals under criminal charges than the motherland was in protecting its own citizens. He also mentioned that the Hungarian government used Mrs. Beke’s (the wife of one of the detained persons) name incorrectly. In reference to the latter, he stated: “considering the fact that the Hungarian government had all the naturalization documents at hand, such errors (which are irrelevant in terms of the procedure) show that the matter should be treated with more attention.”
As it is known, the situation of the affected Hungarian citizens actually deteriorated during the five-month process, practically moving towards hopelessness. Their pre-trial detention was extended for the fifth time while the charges were aggravated for both of them. Thus, based on the effective law, Zoltán Szőcs and István Beke may even be sentenced to life imprisonment. No evidence is presented, so the Transylvanian patriots don’t have a chance to defend themselves.
Szíjjártó: We take all possible measures
Reporting the developments of the past month in his brief and concise response, Péter Szijjártó mentions that “the Romanian authorities have forwarded the oral memorandum requesting a prison visit of the two Romanian-Hungarian dual citizens to the prosecutor in charge of the case” who will “deliberate it”.
According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the competent Romanian authorities are not expected to provide in-depth information as this criminal case is still in the investigation stage. In his response given on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Szijjártó assured Sneider that they would appropriately use the means available for consulates and diplomats and take all measures possible within the limitations of international law.
We are supposed to help each other in national matters but…
Talking to our portal, Sneider said that “we are supposed to help each other when the rights of a Hungarian are infringed upon,” and he was worried that he could not get a truly reassuring answer from the Minister in terms of the specific information on the conditions of detention.
The politician believes that the matter must not be treated as Romania’s internal affair, we must not let ourselves be “shaken off”. He points out that the individuals put into pre-trial detention were not Romanian citizens but Romanian-Hungarian dual citizens, and they were detained in such a way that “procedural rules were violated and human rights were infringed upon.”
In Sneider’s view, “there is no way back, we must take this matter to European international forums.” He adds that “it is increasingly evident that the Romanian government sees the Beke-Szőcs case as the means to block Szekler autonomy efforts.” Stating that the international community is supposed to be dedicated to ensuring human rights for minority groups, “it is high time for Brussels and Strasbourg to deal with the cause of Szeklers as well.”