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Minority rights must be respected

01/30/2023 - Dear Editor,
Instead of swiping at Hungary, readers of the Washington Post should be served by the Post focusing on an issue that gives Russia an increasingly aggressive pretext to invade Ukraine, and conduct a brutal military campaign amounting to war crimes. President Woodrow Wilson's prescient warning at the 1919 Peace Conference that "nothing is more likely to disturb the peace of the world than the treatment which in certain circumstances be meted out to the minorities." These minorities include the Hungarians who were forcibly detached from their ancestral homeland and today live in states bordering Hungary, often subjected to discriminatory laws and practices. For example, in 2017 Ukraine adopted a law limiting the right of minorities to be educated in their mother tongue in violation of Western standards and bilateral agreements. Protecting minorities is a fundamental element of democracy and should be restored regardless of who wins the war with Russia.

Frank Koszorus, JR.
Honorary President
The American Hungarian Federation
Washington, D.C.

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