International Carpatho-Rusyn appeal EXCEEDS 1,000 signatories!
Nov 8, 2014 — The worldwide appeal by the Carpatho-Rusyn community and human rights supporters calling on the new Ukrainian government to officially recognize its Carpatho-Rusyn population has exceeded over 1,000 signatories in less than 10 days.
The appeal, spearheaded by the Carpatho-Rusyn Consortium of North America, an association of North American Carpatho-Rusyn cultural organizations, began on October 29 through a petition on change.org. It has received significant participation from Carpatho-Rusyns and human rights supporters from throughout North America, Europe and even some from South America and Africa.
Approximately 60% of participants are from the United States and Canada, with about 40% from a host of European countries including Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Croatia, the United Kingdom, Austria and Sweden, as well as others.
Currently, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Croatia, Romania, Hungary and Serbia all officially recognize their Carpatho-Rusyn minority populations as official nationalities. All but Serbia are European Union member states.
The petition requesting that Ukraine recognize its Carpatho-Rusyn population as an official nationality and official minority is being sent to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Valeria Lutkovska and the Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Olexander Motsyk. It is also being sent to United States Secretary of State John Kerry, the Ambassador of the United States to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, key members of the Ukrainian Caucus of the United States Congress and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, Rita Izsák.
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