Council of Europe Headquarters in Strasbourg (FOTO: pravdiko.mk)
By Dan Tanasă
In early June the Council of Europe’s European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) released the monitoring report on Romania, adopted in March 2014.
“Székely Land” existed as a legal entity from medieval times. This is what the authors of the ECRI Report on Romania are claiming. The report has a number of inaccuracies that put Romania in a very bad light. A European institution that should have been objective is taking up themes that are produced and are promoted aggressively in the Romanian public space by Hungarian extremist organizations. Key ideas of revisionist discourse promoted by DAHR (The Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania) in the Hungarian media from Romania and Hungary are found in the pages of this report which should have contained objective interpretation of the situation and not DAHR’s opinion regarding the alleged discrimination of the Hungarian community in Romania.
Like DAHR, the authors of the report are taking up the idea accordingly to which Covasna County Court has established that the hoisting of the flag of the so-called “Szekely Land” on public buildings in Romania is legal (page no. 48 of the report), but this is completely untrue. This is because absolutely all the cases related to the hoisting of the flag of the so-called “Székely Land” on public buildings in Romania are irrevocably establishing its illegally hoisting on public buildings (documents in Romanian here). Moreover, the report’s authors are arguing that the flag of the so-called “Székely Land” would be a local symbol, which is completely false. The flag of so-called “Székely Land” is a ethnic symbol invented in 2009 by Hungarian extremists campaigning for the territorial secessionism of the so-called “Székely Land” (details in Romanian here). The Székely Land is also the home of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Romanians who are not recognizing the flag of the “Székely Land” as being their own.
The enforcement of the law regarding the flags of