The Council of Europe should call on Ukraine to stop threatening its Hungarian minority, Zsolt Németh, the head of Hungary’s CoE delegation, has said in a letter sent to Rik Daems, the head of the organisation’s Parliamentary Assembly.
Németh noted recent “raids evoking Soviet times” by the Ukrainian authorities on Hungarian institutions in Ukraine and their leaders, aimed at “intimidating Transcarpathian Hungarians”.
On Nov. 30, Ukraine’s secret service raided the headquarters of the Transcarpathian Hungarian Cultural Association, as well as the home of its president, László Brenzovics.
The raids came after a ruling by a court in Zaporizhia, in eastern Ukraine, in connection with charges of separatism.
The association said it believed the procedure was based on fabricated political charges with the aim of hobbling the activities of Hungarian organisations and intimidating Hungarians of Transcarpathia and their leaders.