Situation of the Vojvodina Hungarians

Doc. 10262
3 August 2004

Motion for a recommendation
presented by Mr Gedei and others

This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only the members who have signed it

1.         The Assembly is concerned that the situation in Vojvodina, Serbia is threatening the Hungarian population living in the area.

2.         It is particularly worrying that the atrocities and maltreatments of the Hungarian population are on the rise.

3.         The Assembly is concerned that the attacks carried out against Hungarian individuals and institutions in Vojvodina mark the deterioration of the situation and status of minorities in Serbia.

4.         The Assembly welcomes the recently adopted laws on autonomy, self-government and the protection of national minorities but notes that the protection of minorities in Serbia is not yet properly ensured and the framework for autonomy is still not satisfactory.

5.         The Assembly notes that particular government policies of helping the Serbian refugees settling down are creating tensions in Vojvodina and that the policies are against the spirit of the adopted law on the protection of national minorities.

6.         The Assembly welcomes the willingness of the Serbian government co co-operate in solving the issue and to prevent further acts of vandalism against Hungarian and other minorities in Serbia.

7.         Therefore, the Assembly recommends that the Committee of Ministers :

i. to investigate the atrocities committed against Hungarians in Vojvodina;

ii. make efforts to urge Serbian authorities to do their best to identify, prosecute and punish the perpetrators of these crimes;

iii. take further measures to ensure that the dignity and integrity of minorities including Hungarians in Vojvodina are protected and minority rights in general are respected.

Signed [1]:
GEDEI J�zsef, Hungary, SOC
ALIBEYLI Gulamhuseyn, Azerbaijan, EDG
ATES Abd�lkadir, Turkey, SOC
�KES J�zsef, Hungary, EPP/CD
GOULET Daniel, France, LDR
GROSS Andreas, Switzerland, SOC
KELEMEN Andr�s, Hungary, EPP/CD
KLYMPUSH Orest, Ukraine, EDG
MERCAN Murat, Turkey, EPP/CD
SLUTSKY Leonid, Russia, SOC
STANTCHEVA Darinka, Bulgaria, LDR
SYSAS Algirdas, Lithuania, SOC
TABAJDI Csaba, Hungary, SOC
WOHLWEND Renate, Liechtenstein, EPP/CD



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