Austrian politicians condemning Oszkár Füzes' demeaning statement about Hungarians calling for the revision of Trianon

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Former Austrian Minister of Justice, Dr. Hans R. Klecatsky, three members of South Tyrol parliament, heads of Austrian institutions and a group of Viennese lawyers issued a joint statement condemning the Hungarian Ambassador to Romania, Oszkár Füzes' demeaning statement about Hungarians calling for the revision of Trianon (in an interview with a Romanian website the Bolshevik Füzes said only 20000 idiots are calling for the revision of Trianon).

The statement titled peoples' rights to self-determination is indivisible, is dated in July 2011; the signatories says the Hungarian diplomat's statement not only humiliating to the Hungarian people, but also denigrating to those who are fighting for peoples' rights of self-determination regardless their nationalities. The right to self-determination, as demonstrated recently in Kosovo, also includes the right to secede - says the statement of the Austrian politicians.

The statement points out that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights enshrined in the first article; it recognizes the right of peoples to self-determination, since it has come into force in 1976, and became a binding international norm. This law states that "people can freely determine their political status and pursue their economic, social and cultural development".

Furthermore, the statement draws attention to the International Court of Justice verdict on Kosovo, recognizing that the right of self-determination incorporates the rights of people to secede.

The Austrian politicians point out the role of the United Nations' in the process by stating that the United Nations concept of world peace does not allow the division of the trinity of human rights, democracy and people's self-determination to deny these rights from ethnic groups in the spirit of an old concept.

The right of self-determination belongs to the people and not to the state. Furthermore, state bodies have no right to break people's will, or make any declaration opposing peoples' will.

In the closing statement, the Austrian politicians argued that people have the right to self-determination. This right also applies to the people of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire that have been promised by the successor nations after World War One, but the promise has never been kept.


Univ-Prof. Dr. Hans R. Klecatsky, former minister of justice; Univ-Prof. Dr. Michael Geistlinger, Institut für Völkerrecht und Internationale Organisationen – Salzburg; Dr. Eva Klotz, member of the South Tyrol parliament; Pius Leitner, member of the South Tyrol parliament; Sven Knoll, floor leader of the South Tyrol parliament, (Sudtiroler Freiheit); Reinhard Bimashofer, Österreichisches Medienhaus Institur für Angewandte Politische Ökonomie; Dr. Eva Maria Barki, lawyer, Forum Mitteleuropa

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