IX UNPO General Assembly 16 - 17 May 2008, Brussels Belgium
Since its establishment after the fall of the Communist regime in Romania, the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania has always been a promoter of political means in the quest of achieving the respect for human rights in general and of minority rights in particular. We have achieved significant progress with regards to minority rights in Romania in the last 18 years, yet all our achievements are still reversible, should the DAHR not maintain its influence in Romanian political life. We reject any kind of violence, whether perpetrated by the majority populations or the minority ones and we strongly advocate dialogue in the settlement of ethnic and national issues.
After the 20th Century, when two World Wars were started from our continent, especially because of the unresolved ethnic and national question, here is the time that the countries of the 21st Century Europe treat the peoples and nations’ right to self-determination in a new way, according to its importance. In a united Europe, the right of self-determination will not be able to turn ethnic groups against each other.
Naturally, the Hungarians from Romania observe with high interest ethnic conflicts around the world, and the recent history of Yugoslavia has been followed closely by us as well.
The most important moral of this recent history is, that majority intolerance, ethnic impatience, extreme nationalism may easily set an entire region on fire.
Since its constitution the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania represented the view that in order to find solutions to ethnic problems it is necessary to find peaceful political means. At the same time, we declared that the final settling of these problems without the international community’s contribution is almost impossible. Thus, it is paramount that International Organizations embark on proactive paths in resolving ethnic issues and they do this at an early stage.
The Hungarian community in Romania has supported a unitary representation in an exemplary manner and it has to continue doing so in order to contribute to the modernisation of their regions and to the acceleration of decentralization through competent, experienced and young representatives. It constitutes a model for other ethnic and cultural organizations engaged in the process of ensuring equal rights for their respective communities.
Besides the ensuring of proportional representation of ethnic communities in the political arena—both on the central and on the local level, International Organizations, such as the United Nations, the European Union and others must contribute in ensuring the legal and constitutional frameworks for different forms of autonomy for ethnic communities all over the world, including Romania as well.