Why do we Sorbs need a Sejm?
We want to be recognised as a people!
Since the peaceful revolution of 1989, we Sorbs/Wends in Upper and Lower Lusatia have been living in a strange state of limbo. On the one hand, we have gained freedoms that we had to do without for a long time. On the other hand, we realise that our cultural identity is in dramatic decline: Our mother tongue is threatened, we have no instrument for our political self-determination, and we have no voice in the concert of the free peoples of Europe.
There are people who think that the time of the Slavs, who have lived in Lusatia since the migration of nations, is over; that the Sorbs are on the verge of extinction and that their culture is only a footnote in history.
We think: It doesn't have to come to that! The time has never been riper than today to reflect on ourselves and finally make real what we have been striving for more than 100 years: Self-determination!
Self-determination requires a suitable instrument!
The path to self-determination leads through the establishment of a democratically legitimised representation of the entire people of the Sorbs - a Serbski Sejm.
The promise of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany that all power emanates from the people (Art. 20/2) and that sovereignty is based on the totality of the people must also apply to us. We must no longer allow that our rights to shape our concerns as citizens of a federal state rest.
To this end, we Sorbs must come together and organise ourselves in a free discourse. And to do this, we must demand our basic right to self-determination from our German neighbours who surround us and who live together in our midst.
The Sorbs' own national representation is not a charity we have to ask for. It is in accordance with the German Constitution, the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Lisbon Treaty of 2007.
There are many small nations in Europe
We are not alone! Many European regions are home to small peoples just like us Sorbs. In the past decades, they have turned to themselves and demanded political self-determination. At the same time, they have consolidated their identity internally and raised their profile externally. They have raised their voices and are fuelling the idea of a cooperative, neighbourly and free Europe. We can learn from them, we can count on their support, and in concert with the other small nations of Europe we can realise the vision of a good world fit for our grandchildren!
The sign of the Serbski Sejm is the fruit of the lime tree
The sacred tree of Slavonic mythology is the lime tree. It symbolises the centre of the community and stands for freedom and happiness. The three-leaved lime tree or the single lime leaf appears in many Sorbian contexts.
We think: The time of maturity has come. The Sorbian culture has something to give to the world that is of essential importance, especially today: The will for peace, community and connection with nature. That is why the symbol shows the fruit of the lime tree. The three nuts hanging from a common stem stand for the will to seek cooperation with all Sorbian groups and to strengthen the bond between the pluralistic societies in the two Lusatian regions.
May the wing of the fruit lend lightness to our efforts and make the Sorbian cause "fly"!