The American Hungarian Federation issued a statement on Saturday “occasioned by the recent avalanche of unmerited criticism directed at Hungary that appears to be motivated and inspired by politics.”
The Federation wrote that it is “an independent, non-partisan entity representing a broad cross-section of the Hungarian American community. From its founding, the Federation has supported constitutional democracy, human and minority rights and the rule of law …”
The Federation said opposition forces were waging “a political campaign to negate the voting public’s clear and overwhelming choice of [the centre-right]government in the 2010 internationally recognized free and fair elections.”
“The Federation’s concern is not with the legitimate political debate surrounding any changes to the constitution but rather with the insinuations that the process itself was somehow not democratic,” its statement said.
“[H]ungarians of whatever political persuasion should feel some unease over the damaging image of the nation as a whole being projected to the world by its irresponsible detractors,” it added. “That is why the Federation urges and calls for objectivity and evenhandedness bereft of partisan politics when judgments are made about the state of democracy in Hungary and the region,” the statement said.