podkarpatrus (podkarpatrus) wrote,

Русинская диаспора запустила "Акцию в защиту русинов Подкарпатской Руси". Присоединяйтесь.


уключце ше же би зме шицки вєдно помогли нашим братом и шестром на Подкарпатю

Модлїм Вас же би сце писмо на анґлийским язику викопирали и послали на назначени е-маил адреси.

Писмо можеце послац и на шицки други адреси за котри думаце же будзе хасновите.

Тиж так Вас модлїм же би сце обвисцели шицких своїх познатих же би и вони послали тото писмо.

Циль акциї то же би зме знова обрацели увагу швета на чежке положенє Русинох на Подкарпатю и помогли у їх намаганьох витвориц свойо основни права и охранїц национални идентитет.

Тото лєм перша така акция а будзе их ище.

З почитованьом
Мирослав Силадї


Please send this letter to addresses

U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

Tatjana Ždanoka

Russia State Duma

United Nations

Media Inquires/Interview Requests

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)InfoDesk@ohchr.org

Civil Society Unit

and to all other addresses you think that it would be useful.

I also ask you to inform all your friends and acquaintances about the action and explain to them why it will be good if they do the same.

Thank you very much.


My name is __________________________ . I am from _________________ and I am sending you this letter both in my name and in the name of many free people with the request to help saving one of the oldest but small in numbers peoples whose members call themselves Rusyns.

Who are the Rusyns?

Rusyns (Rusyn: Русины, also referred to as Carpatho-Rusyns, Ugrorusy, Ruthenians, Ruthenes, Rusins, and Rusnaks) are an Eastern Slavic people that uses the Rusyn language. Rusyns did not adopt the ethnonym Ukrainian which was forced on them to describe their ethnic identity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The formation of the Rusyn people was expedited by governmental decree banning the name Rusyn from official usage, as seen after 1945 in Soviet Transcarpathia and Poland and by the early 1950s in Czechoslovakia. Today, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Serbia and also Croatia officially recognize Rusyns as an ethnic minority. Rusyns were recognized as a separate ethnicity in Ukraine in 2007 by the Zakarpatie / Transcarpathian Region Council, although ethnic recognition is not within the competency of this regional authority. Ruthenians within Ukraine have Ukrainian citizenship, and most had to adopt Ukrainian ethnic identity. Most contemporary self-identified ethnic Rusyns live outside of Ukraine.

The Rusyns have always been subject to larger neighbouring powers, such as Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Slovakia, Poland, the Soviet Union, Ukraine, and Russia.

Carpatho-Ruthenia had been a part of the Hungarian Kingdom since the late eleventh century, where it was known as Kárpátalja. In May 1919, it was incorporated, according to the Sen Germene treaty, with nominal autonomy into Czechoslovakia. In the end of the Second World War the Soviet Army annexed Carpatho-Ruthenia to the Ukrainian SSR. Officially, there were no Rusyns in the USSR. In fact, Soviet and some modern Ukrainian politicians, as well as Ukrainian government claim that Rusyns are part of the Ukrainian nation. When Ukraine reached independence Carpatho-Ruthenia remained within independent Ukraine although it had never belonged to that state before 1946.

Acccording to the 1991 referendum on independence 90 % of the population voted for independence but, at the same time, 78 % of the population confirmed the desire that Carpatho-Ruthenia should be an autonomous region. There is no autonomy for Carpatho-Ruthenia / Subcarpathian Rus` even after 18 years of the referendum and Rusyns are still not recognized, either as a separate people or as a national minority. Rusyns have tried all the democratic ways to talk Ukrainian authorities into acknowledging them but in vain. Just the opposite happens. All those who openly speak for the recognition of their people on the basis of international conventions on human rights, in which the right of self-identification regarding national affiliation is emphasized, are under strong pressures. Because of that it is not possible for the Rusyns in the Zakarpatie Region to devolop education in their own language, publish newspapers, have radio and TV broadcast etc. and eventually to pretect and promote their national identity adequately.

A new census will take place in 2011 in Ukraine. It is very important for all Rusyns in Ukraine because it is a chance for them to have a special heading RUSYN on the cencus list finally since there had been no such a heading at the previos censuses, and all those who expressed themselves as Rusyns were registered as Ukrainians.

Taking into consideration the specific conditions and historical tradition in the region we ask you to use your indisputable authority and turn the Ukrainian authorities` attention to their obligation of implementing the signed international conventions concerning human rights and implementation of the democratic referendum from 1991 with regard to giving the status of autonomy to the Zakarpatie Region, and, in that way, to help the people whose language is one of the oldest Slavic languages and is classified as endangered one to the point of disappearance by UNESCO.
Help us, please, in saving a proud people from assimilation and complete disappearance.



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