The historical Hungarian churches continue to face discrimination regarding the restitution of their property previously confiscated during the communist regime. The most recent case involves the building that currently hosts the Faculty of Letters of the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca/Kolozsvár, historically known as Marianum, which was founded as a school for girls by the Roman-Catholic Church at the beginning of the 20th century.


The property was nationalised in 1948, and in recent years the church has been fighting to regain ownership of the said building. However, a first degree ruling by the Alba Iulia Court of Appeals denied the restitution. This is the latest one in a series of questionable rulings, which violate the commitments taken by Romania regarding the restitution of private property confiscated during the communist regime. As our organisation has repeatedly stated, the restitution of private property in Romania has all but halted in recent years, with the Hungarian churches being the most affected by this negative tendency.

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