Embassy of The Slovak Republic
2201 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007
Dear Mr. Ambassador,
As one of 650,000 Rusyn-Americans, I am most concerned about the Slovak
government's recent reproach to its Rusyn minority.
I and other Rusyn-Americans protest what appears to be a new attitude
of repression of Rusyns in Slovakia. Among the recent actions which demonstrate
- The refusal of the Slovak government to acknowledge the codification
of the Rusyn language; to allow the sale or distribution of the new Rusyn-language
textbooks; and to prepare teachers for and allow the teaching of the Rusyn
language in Rusyn villages, 10 of which have already requested it.
- The Slovak government's refusal to allow the functioning of the Institute
for Rusyn Language and Culture as a part of the Rusyn Renaissance Society.
- The Slovak government's delay in creating Rusyn-language radio in Presov,
despite the promise of such years ago and in light of the fact that, in
the last census, 50,000 people identified Rusyn as their native language
while only 10,000 declared Ukrainian their mother tongue.
- The Slovak government's recent action of cutting the funding of the
Rusyn Renaissance Society and its publications in half after they were
already 5 months into the year.
I request that the Slovak government demonstrate itself as a democratic
state by honoring its own constitution, which assures rights to all its
minorities. Restore funding to the Rusyn Renaissance Society and its publications
and proceed with the implementation of the Rusyn language in the schools
and on the radio.
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