November 30th, 2011

Ethnic Hungarian should appeal citizenship case in European courts, says Deputy PM

Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen on Wednesday suggested that Oliver Boldoghy, an ethnic Hungarian deprived of his Slovak citizenship, should appeal his case in European courts.

Boldoghy, a businessman and actor living in Komarno on Hungary’s border with Slovakia, announced on November 18 that he had been stripped of his Slovak citizenship under Slovakia’s citizenship law after he had obtained Hungarian citizenship.

Commenting on Boldoghy’s case, Semjen told a morning programme of public television MTV1 that Boldoghy should challenge a letter he received from the Slovak authorities in court. The letter says that the authorities acknowledge Boldoghy’s renunciation of his Slovak citizenship.

“Boldoghy, in fact, had not renounced his Slovak citizenship, he only informed the authorities of the fact that he had obtained Hungarian citizenship. He also said he intended to keep his Slovak citizenship,” Semjen said.

The Slovak constitution declares that no one can be deprived of their Slovak citizenship against their will, Semjen said, adding that this is the legal argument that should be followed in Boldoghy’s defence.

The Slovak authorities had acted against universal human rights and the ethos of the European Union, Semjen said, adding that Hungary offers its full support to Boldoghy’s case.

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  • Viking

    The Slovak authorities had acted against universal human rights and the ethos of the European Union, Semjen said, adding that Hungary offers its full support to Boldoghy’s case

    Since when did Slovak Citizenship become one of the “universal human rights”?

    If so, I also want one!

    Given the fact that several EU member states have similar laws, not allowing multiple citizenship, this “the ethos of the European Union” seem not to be so shared by all others in the Union

  • Agrippa

    “Boldoghy, in fact, had not renounced his Slovak citizenship, he only informed the authorities of the fact that he had obtained Hungarian citizenship. He also said he intended to keep his Slovak citizenship,” Semjen said.

    Your deputy prime minister is a retard or…?
    If in law is written that someone authomaticaly looses his citizenship when he is given another, HOW on earth this law diletant can say, that he did not renounced his Slovak citizenship?
    He simply renounced it, because he WAS FAMILIAR with the consequences written in law.

  • olga

    @`Agrippa

    I clearly explained it on another thread and gave you an example how people test the law in order to strike it down as unconstitutional. That’s why I think MAY have happened but I don’t know and neither do you.

    Perhaps I don’t quite understand what giving one’s word in Slovakia means, but I am sure you will be kind enough to clarify the PM’s undertaking for me as well as explaining how there was nothing punitive on Slovakia’s part as far as the Boldhogy issue is concerned. If that wasn’t punishment, how exactly is that word defined in your country?

    November 11th, 2010
    Slovak PM pledges citizenship law amendment
    By MTI

    Slovakia will amend its law sanctioning dual citizenship and will not allow any citizen to be punished for applying for a second citizenship, Iveta Radicova, the Slovak Prime Minister told MTI in Washington on Wednesday, after giving a speech at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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