American Hungarian Federation
Criticized for Speaking out in
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American Hungarian Federation Criticized for Speaking out in Favor of Democracy... The article, “Az Amerikai Magyar Szövetség botrányos nyilatkozata,” published in the November 5, 2006 edition of Amerikai Magyar Nepszava Szabadság ("Népszava") is punctuated with inaccurate, unsubstantiated and malevolent assertions. Népszava criticized the Federation for expressing its concern over reports of alleged police brutality directed against peaceful demonstrators on October 23, 2006 and for supporting an impartial investigation of those allegations.
As the assertions made by Népszava are incredible, far fetched and lack a factual basis, the Federation will not address them. Instead, the Federation reaffirms its October 31 statement (on the right which speaks for itself) and underscores the essence of that statement:
Objective and knowledgeable observers understand that an impartial and timely investigation of the allegations surrounding October 23 is the best policy to help restore Hungary’s reputation and to strengthen democratic institutions and the rule of law. Perhaps these considerations will convince Népszava to suspend its partisanship temporarily and join Americans of Hungarian descent – conservatives and liberals alike -- to urge such an impartial investigation. A non-partisan and credible investigation -- not scapegoating -- would advance the true interests of all Hungarians irrespective of political affiliation and promote democracy and respect for the rule of law.
The Federation appreciates the attention Népszava has given to its statement. Download the Statement in (Letöltés):
Amnesty International on 21 September 2006 issued a similar statement calling for investigations of alleged excessive use of force during September demonstrations, entitled, "Hungary: Reports of excessive use of force by the police." The statement opens saying "Amnesty International is concerned about reports that police officers may have used excessive force during demonstrations which turned violent in the capital, Budapest, this week. The organization today urged the Hungarian authorities to ensure that the principles of necessity and proportionality of force are respected by law enforcement officers at all times." It continued, "There have also been several reports emerging of alleged excessive use of force and ill-treatment by the police during the demonstrations, including of a journalist beaten around the head by police with batons on the evening of 19 September in spite of showing the officers his identification as a journalist." [read more on Amnesty International]
az Amerikai Magyar Szövetséget amiért síkra
szállt a demokráciáért... Az Amerikai
Magyar Népszava Szabadság (mostantól Népszava)
2006. november 5-én Az Amerikai Magyar Szövetség botrányos
nyilatkozata címmel pontatlan, megalapozatlan és rosszindulatú
kifejezésekkel terhelt cikket közölt, bírálni
próbálva a Szövetséget, amiért az aggodalmát
fejezte ki az 2006. október 23-án, a békés
tüntetokkel szemben foganatosított, állítólagos
rendori eroszakról érkezo jelentések kapcsán,
és egyúttal támogatta az állítások
részrehajlás nélküli kivizsgálását.
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11/2/2006 - American Hungarian Federation Expresses Concern Over Excessive Use of Force. On October 31, 2006 the American Hungarian Federation issued a statement concerning the recent developments relating to demonstrations against the government of Hungary. The Federation expresses its concern over the excessive use of force against the demonstrators, and questions the official inaction concerning the events; it also calls for a thorough and timely investigation of the police actions. The full text of the statement, in English and in Hungarian, can be viewed below.
9/19/2006 - AHF issues statement in reaction to political crisis over Gyurcsany "Pinnochio Gate" speech. Peaceful demonstrations were held worldwide as Hungarians reacted to an aired audiotape of Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany telling members of his ruling Socialist Party that his government had lied about the state of the country's economy throughout its two years in office. "We lied throughout the past one and a half or two years," he said. "We lied in the morning, we lied in the evening and also at night."
AHF Statement /
6/16/2006 - AHF outlines key issues in Open Letter/Nyílt Levél to Hungarian Prime Minister Gyurcsány (in English and Hungarian). The Federation decided to publish this letter because it has watched with growing concern how the Medgyessy/Gyurcsany governments ignored or failed to adequately address several key issues – economic reforms, support for families, aspirations of Hungarian minorities in countries neighboring Hungary and voting rights. [read more in English] [tovább magyarul]
Hungarian Reformed Federation President, Gyula Balogh, writes article on his personal account, "Rubber bullets are fired indiscriminantly into crowds, water cannons filled with some sort of dye spray those who dare to demonstrate, and women and elderly people are beaten." [read more]