Sejm Litwy - Polskie Stowarzyszenie Szkolne OSWIATA Frankfurt am Main 20110310 Mr Stefan Kosiewski to Mrs Irena Degutiene

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                  Vorsitzende des Seimas der Republik Litauen
                                        Frau Irena DEGUTIENË


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          Stefan Kosiewski: Zaniepokojony komunikatami o niebezpieczeñstwie pogorszenia
          siê poùo¿enia szkolnictwa polskiego w Republice Litwy, oœmielam siê zwróciã do Pani
          Przewodnicz¹cej z proœb¹ o zdementowanie alarmuj¹cych doniesieñ (w zaù.: Pac-f-j-
          spula-z-4-marca-2011-r). Chciaùbym tym zapytaniem przyczyniã siê do poprawy
          stosunków miêdzy naszymi Narodami.




          Polnischer Schulverein OSWIATA in Frankfurt am Main e.V.
          Polnisches Kulturzentrum e.V.

          Stefan Kosiewski, Der Vorsitzende
          Postfach 800626 D-65906 Frankfurt

                                                            Frankfurt am Main, 8. März 2011

          Vorsitzende des Seimas der Republik Litauen
          Frau Irena DEGUTIENË

          Gedimino pr. 53, LT-01109 Vilnius


          Szanowna Pani Marszaùek,

          Miêdzynarodowy Dzieñ Kobiet zobowi¹zuje w szczególny sposób do zùo¿enia Pani
          najlepszych ¿yczeñ w pracy jak i w ¿yciu osobistym. Proszê przyj¹ã serdeczne
          ¿yczenia, które skùadam Pani w imieniu milionów Polaków mieszkaj¹cych na staùe w
          Niemczech, nie zrzeszonych w organizacjach wspieranych przez rz¹d w Warszawie.


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          Prowadz¹c dziaùalnoœã niezale¿n¹ od rz¹dów: Niemiec i Polski goœciùem w Sejmie
          Republiki Litwy, rozumiaùem siê po polsku i w jêzyku niemieckim w rozmowach z
          Posùami ró¿nych partii. Uczestniczyùem w polsko-litewskich konferencjach
          oœwiatowych i pedagogicznych. Wizytowaùem polskie szkoùy na Litwie, czytaùem moje
          wiersze w klasach lekcyjnych i poza szkoùami. Z radoœci¹ towarzyszyùem odradzaniu
          siê na Litwie polskiego harcerstwa.

          Zaniepokojony komunikatami o niebezpieczeñstwie pogorszenia siê poùo¿enia
          szkolnictwa polskiego w Republice Litwy, oœmielam siê zwróciã do Pani
          Przewodnicz¹cej z proœb¹ o zdementowanie alarmuj¹cych doniesieñ (w zaù.: PAC, F.J.
          Spula z 4 marca 2011 r.). Chciaùbym tym zapytaniem przyczyniã siê do poprawy
          stosunków miêdzy naszymi Narodami.

          Z wyrazami najwy¿szego szacunku
          Stefan Kosiewski



          Do wiadomoœci: Ausschuss für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur
          Valentinas Stundys, Vorsitzender


                      Polacy na Litwie Stefan KOSIEWSKI, Frankfurt am Main Link




               Vytis from the period of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Tapestry at Wawel Castle, Cracow




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                     POLISH AMERICAN CONGRESS
                     National Office                                    Washington, DC Office
                     5711 N. Milwaukee Ave.                             1612 K Street, NW, Suite 410
                     Chicago, IL 60646-6294                             Washington, DC 20006-2802
                     Tel.: (773) 763-7744                               Tel.: (202) 296-6955
                     Fax: (773) 763-7114                                Fax: (202) 835-1565
                     E-mail: pacchgo@pac1944.org                        E-mail: pacwash@pac1944.org

                                            Web site: www.pac1944.org


                                                                               March 4, 2011


Her Excellency Dalia Grybauskaitė
President
Republic of Lithuania
S. Daukanto a. 3
LT 01122 Vilnius, Lithuania
Fax (+370 5) 266 4145
E-mail: ieva.baubinaite@president.lt, sarune.sableviciene@president.lt


Dear Madam President:

The Polish American Congress, an umbrella organization representing more than 10 million
persons in the United States who are Polish or of Polish descent, is strongly protesting the
discrimination being shown to persons of Polish ethnicity in the Republic of Lithuania.

Please remember that the ethnic Poles in your country are not immigrants who chose to live in
Lithuania, but are Poles whose ancestors have lived there for centuries.

On February 16 2011, the Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Audronius Ažubalis, currently
Chairman-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE),
testified before the Committee for Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the U.S.
Helsinki Commission, of the U.S. Congress. Among the Minister’s statements were these words:
         Lithuania is under no illusions about the enormity of the tasks that face us this
         year. As the OSCE chairperson in office, I plan to focus our attention on specific
         key outcomes, which we will pursue on a step-by-step basis. Our key goals:
         register tangible progress in addressing protracted conflicts, significantly
         improve our record of implementation of media freedom commitments, promote
         tolerance education throughout the OSCE area in order to combat hate crimes
         and discrimination…

Yet the actions of the Lithuanian government belie these words. Discrimination against the
Polish ethnic minority manifests itself, among others, in these ways:
    - Elimination of education in the Polish language and closing of Polish-language schools,
        which have existed in the area for centuries, and which now teach Polish in addition to,
        not instead of, the national Lithuanian language.



               S   erving the interests of Polish Americans since   1944
   -   In contravention of accepted practice and regulations of the European Union, signs in
       languages other than Lithuanian are banned, even in areas where over 80% of the
       population speaks the other language. Heavy fines are levied for posting such signs.
   -   Members of ethnic minorities in Lithuania are denied the right to spell their given and
       family names in the original form passed down through the generations, but must change
       the spelling to government-mandated forms.

It should be noted that the attempts to forcefully assimilate the Polish community in Lithuania
significantly intensified after Lithuania’s accession to NATO and the European Union, in
violation of the anti-discriminatory principles, which are the guiding light of these organizations.
Therefore, the Polish American Congress calls on the government of Lithuania to live up to these
principles and cease the discriminatory actions against the ethnic Polish community.


Respectfully,



Frank J. Spula,
President



Addressees:
      H.E. Dalia Grybauskaitė, President, Republic of Lithuania
      H.E. Andrius Kubilius, Prime Minister, Republic of Lithuania
      H.E. Irena Degutienės, Speaker of the Seimas, Republic of Lithuania
      H.E. Valentinas Stundys, Chair, Seimas Committee on Education and Culture
      H.E. Audronius Ažubalis, Minister of Foreign Affairs
      H.E. Gintaras Steponavičius, Minister of Education and Science

Copies:
       H.E. Donald Tusk, Prime Minister, Republic of Poland
       Hon. Hilary Rodman Clinton, Secretary of State, United States of America
       Hon. Christopher H. Smith, Chairman, U.S. Helsinki Commission
       Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Co-Chairman, U.S. Helsinki Commission

				
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Description: Stefan Kosiewski: Zaniepokojony komunikatami o niebezpieczeństwie pogorszenia się położenia szkolnictwa polskiego w Republice Litwy, ośmielam się zwr�cić do Pani Przewodniczącej z prośbą o zdementowanie alarmujących doniesień (w zał.: Pac-f-j-spula-z-4-marca-2011-r). Chciałbym tym zapytaniem przyczynić się do poprawy stosunk�w między naszymi Narodami.