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Hungary: Government must not use extraordinary power to roll back human rights amid COVID-19 emergency

, Index number: EUR 27/2046/2020

Amnesty International is deeply concerned that the Hungarian government may introduce extraordinary measures by decree that are not necessary and proportionate to resolving the current public health emergency and violate human rights. The new law (Bill on Protection against the Coronavirus or Bill T/9790), adopted yesterday by Parliament, extended the government’s power to rule by decree by absolving it from parliamentary scrutiny and did so without providing a clear cut-off date.

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