Post Tagged with: "Hungarian Roma"

Mayor Bogdán and Consul General Ferenc Kunim (right) - friendly cooking in New York.

Hungary’s government media discredits mayor of Cserdi, László Bogdán

This is a case study of Hungary’s government sponsored “mob journalism.” Within weeks the celebrated mayor László Bogdán, Hungary’s successful Roma leader, has become an enemy of the people. David Kostelancik, the top U.S. diplomat in Hungary has raised concerns about disappearing independent media outlets. He has said that the remaining independent media “face pressure and intimidation.” “Government allies have […]

by · October 21, 2017 · Politics
László Bogdán

Locals assault and threaten to murder mayor who promised to welcome refugees in Roma village

A mob of locals kicked and spat at László Bogdán, the mayor of Cserdi, after the community leader suggested that he would welcome those refugee children who were not allowed to vacation in the village of Őcsény a few weeks ago. The news of Mr. Bogdán’s assault first appeared on the Facebook page of a television program called Privátszféra, which […]

by · October 19, 2017 · Politics
István Kamarás on the left.

Referendum proposed on autonomous Roma province in Hungary

In 2011, István Kamarás–formerly employed by the Christian Democratic People’s Party’s (KDNP) Barankovics Foundation–claimed refugee status in Canada, noting that he no longer wanted to “lend his name to the government’s actions that oppress Gypsies.” He added that he is “forced to emigrate from the country” and is “forced to accept in his heart the centuries-long hopelessness of the Gypsy […]

by · September 28, 2017 · Politics
Illustration: Tamás Péli

Hungarian Roma refugees in Canada — The lead case, its aftermath and the future (Parts 2 & 3)

According to Paul St. Clair[1]’s report dated 2007, about the Migration of Hungarian Roma to Canada (and back),             In comparison to about 5,000 Czech Roma, close to 25,000 Hungarian Roma made Refugee Claim in Canada, between 1997 and 2002.  In contrast to the Czech, the Hungarian Roma migration had a much more fluid form.  This was mainly because there […]

by · August 25, 2017 · Focus
Illustration by Tamás Pély

Hungarian Roma refugees in Canada — The Roma fiasco (Part 1)

I. I first met Mr. S in the early spring of 1997 at a Hungarian cultural event. The organizer of the event brought him to my attention, as a newly arrived Roma from Hungary, claiming refugee status in Canada. I asked him if he had a lawyer to represent him, and he said with a confidence that he was planning […]

by · August 24, 2017 · Focus
Zsolt Semjén. Photo: 444.hu

Dog whistle racism from Hungary’s deputy prime minister

Zsolt Semjén, Hungary’s Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Christian Democratic People’s Party (KDNP), was asked to comment on an idea that only those who pay taxes should be permitted to vote in elections. The hypothetical scenario was recently raised by Publicus, a major national polling firm, when respondents in a representative poll were asked about whether only those […]

by · August 21, 2017 · Politics
Gábor Vona. Photo: Alfahír.

Jobbik leader calls on government to apologize to Roma community

Gábor Vona, leader of Hungary’s Jobbik party, is calling on Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s government to issue a formal apology to the Roma minority. He accuses the ruling Fidesz party of deliberately eliminating any possibility for upward social mobility within the country’s largest minority group. Speaking in the town of Eger, a few days after he confirmed in a television […]

by · August 17, 2017 · Politics
Bishop Miklós Beer. Photo: MTI.

Bishop Miklós Beer on the Roma, refugees and Christianity in Hungary

Miklós Beer is the Bishop of the Diocese of Vác, extending from Nógrád county bordering Slovakia down towards Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok county in southeastern Hungary. Some 640,000 Hungarians (or 57% of the population) of this area identify as Roman Catholic in the towns covered by the diocese, which includes regions that are among the poorest in Hungary. Bishop Beer gave a fascinating interview […]

by · December 26, 2016 · Focus
Simon Wiesenthal Center

Wiesenthal Center: Hungary’s chair of International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance “cynical act of political manipulation”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center issued a scathing statement on Hungary’s Orbán government, after the regime in Budapest decided to award rabidly racist columnist Zsolt Bayer, who has advocated for genocide against the Roma minority and has bemoaned that more Jews were not murdered in a pogrom in 1919/20, with a major national award. The Hungarian Free Press has long shared […]

by · August 24, 2016 · Antisemitism
Mr. Quentin Tarantino, Mr. Béla Bunyik, Founder of the Hungarian Film Festival in California and Mr. Andy Vajna, Film Commissioner of the Hungarian Government.

Quentin Tarantino, it is time to return your Hungarian Order of the Knight’s Cross

Hungary’s utterly racist political journalist Zsolt Bayer has received the Order of Merit of the Knight’s Cross from the President of Hungary János Áder. Mr. Bayer is a founding member of the ruling Fidesz party and a friend of Viktor Orbán, the country’s authoritarian Prime Minister. (Read more here.) Mr. Bayer is a columnist for the rightwing daily Magyar Hírlap. […]

by · August 24, 2016 · Antisemitism