total of 3 million ethnic Hungarians live in the seven countries
neighboring Hungary. Since the 1989 downfall of communism, HHRF
has mobilized Western support for the positive initiatives and aspirations
of these Hungarian minority communities to rebuild civil society,
to promote economic self-reliance, and to nurture their traditions
of educational and cultural excellence. Hungarian minorities are
at the forefront of securing Western democratic values and contributing
to regional stability. HHRF promotes international recognition and
support for their novel solutions.
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incorporated in the State of New York. We rely solely on contributions
from concerned individuals. Thanks to generous matching support by our
late benefactor Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen- Bornemisza, a modest portion
of our operations continue to be funded by the HHRF-Bornemisza Fund. The
General Operating Fund, Attila Kertész Scholarship Fund, HHRF Higher
Education Fund, and targeted relief funds are especially short of needed
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listen. We help.
Human Rights Foundation (HHRF) has been helping Hungarian minorities in
Central Europe to be heard for nearly three decades. We’re the only
professional organization in the West devoted to the rights of ethnic
Hungarians in Romania, Slovakia, Serbia, Ukraine, Croatia and Slovenia.
Hungarian minority communities secure their rightful place in the political,
cultural and economic world of the 21st Century.
urged the US Congress to condemn the Ceausescu dictatorship, culminating
in the 1987 vote to end Romania’s Most- Favored-Nation status.
HHRF spearheaded release efforts of ethnic Hungarian
political prisoners unjustly held in Romania after the 1989 revolution
and subsequent anti-minority violence.
HHRF has funded educational and cultural initiatives
in five countries, including our Adopt-A-Student program for college students
HHRF has helped fund and develop international contacts
for the Sapientia- Hungarian University of Transylvania.
leads an international campaign to keep ongoing violence against ethnic
Hungarians in Serbia top of mind. In July 2004 US Congressional leaders
protested, in January 2005, the European Parliament sent a fact-finding
mission to Vojvodina.
HHRF coordinates international pressure to return 2,140
church and community properties confiscated from ethnic Hungarians in
Romania under communism.
HHRF hosts free homepages for ethnic Hungarian groups
through our popular www.hhrf.org website,
encouraging a free-flowing global network for otherwise isolated communities.
HHRF sponsors an internship and exchange program in New
York and Budapest, allowing young people to learn about international
minority rights protection firsthand.
HHRF represents Hungarian minority communities at key
forums, including the US Congress, Helsinki Final Act meetings, the Council
of Europe and European Parliament.
establish a permanent office in Brussels to articulate Hungarian
minority aspirations in the new Europe.
To adopt national minority rights in the EU legal and
regulatory system through HHRF initiatives in the European Parliament.
To create educational partnerships between the HHRF and
the new Hungarian language János Selye University (Komárom,
Slovakia), the teacher’s training college (Beregszász, Ukraine),
and the planned bilingual college (Szabadka, Serbia).
To expand the HHRF-maintained database and Property Restitution
Working Group from Romania to Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine.
To assist the Hungarian Standing Conference and other
umbrella organizations in the Carpathian Basin to achieve regional autonomy
of minorities and other aspirations.