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Hungary Amnesty International will not comply with repressive new NGO law

Announcing that Amnesty International Hungary will not to comply with the country’s repressive new NGO law and register as a ‘foreign funded NGO’, Julia Ivan, Director of Amnesty International Hungary said: “Amnesty International has every intention of challenging Hungary’s repressive new NGO law in the courts - both domestically and internationally - and no intention of complying with it until all these avenues have been exhausted.

Date:
28 June 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Hungary: Further information: President approves law targeting NGOs

President Janos Ader has signed a law targeting Hungarian NGOs which receive funding from abroad, on the grounds that they may represent “foreign interests. Once the law takes effect, it will be a new tool to discredit and intimidate NGOs and undermine their capacity to protect human rights and provide valuable services to Hungarian people.

Date:
16 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 27/6533/2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Hungary: Appeal Court orders retrial of man convicted of ‘terrorism’ for throwing stones

Hungary: Appeal Court orders retrial of man convicted of ‘terrorism’ for throwing stones Following a decision by a Hungarian appeal court to order a retrial in the case against Ahmed H, a Syrian man sentenced to 10 years in prison for committing an “act of terror” during clashes with border guards at the Serbia-Hungary border, Todor Gardos, Amnesty International’s Hungary researcher said: “This is an important step on the path to justice for a man whose absurd conviction was based on the blatant misuse of terrorism provisions.

Date:
15 June 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Hungary: We will not be intimidated

“Even though I’d braced myself for the news, today’s result still sent a jolt through me like electricity,” , director of Amnesty International Hungary, told me yestderday. “Hard won freedoms will be lost and the vital work done by NGO’s to create a freer and fairer society will be seriously hampered by Orbán’s bullying politics. ” As director of an organization that will itself be affected by the new NGO law was passed yesterday, she should know.

Date:
14 June 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Hungary
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Hungary: Further information: Draft law targeting NGOs must be stopped

A draft law targeting Hungarian NGOs receiving funding from abroad on the grounds that they may represent “foreign interests” was passed in the National Assembly on 13 June. If signed by the President, the law will become a new tool to discredit and intimidate NGOs and undermine their capacity to protect human rights and provide valuable services to Hungarian people.

Date:
14 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 27/6514/2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Hungary: NGO law a vicious and calculated assault on civil society

The passing of a law stigmatising non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that receive foreign funding is the latest in an escalating crackdown on critical voices and will hamper critically important work by civil society groups, said Amnesty international. The Law on the transparency of organizations funded from abroad will force NGOs receiving more than 24,000 EUR direct or indirect funding from abroad to re-register as “civic organization funded from abroad” and to put this pejorative label on every publication.

Date:
13 June 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Hungary
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Hungary: Draft law targeting NGOs must be stopped

A draft law targeting Hungarian NGOs receiving funding from abroad on the grounds that they represent “foreign interests” is expected to be voted by the National Assembly on 12-15 June. If passed, the law would be the latest step in the crackdown on civil society in Hungary. It would become a tool to discredit and intimidate NGOs and undermine their capacity to protect human rights and provide valuable services to Hungarian people.

Date:
26 May 2017
Ref:
EUR 27/6366/2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Hungary: Plan to brand NGOs has sombre echoes of Russia’s ‘foreign agents law’

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Hungary that receive foreign funding – even direct European Union support – risk being discredited and undermined by a draft law leaked to the media, said Amnesty International today. Proposals in the draft Law on the transparency of organizations funded from abroad would force NGOs receiving more than 24k EUR per year to re-register as “civic organization funded from abroad” and to put this stigmatizing label on every publication.

Date:
7 April 2017
  • Research
  • Hungary
  • Refugees

Hungary: Legal amendments to detain all asylum-seekers a deliberate new attack on the rights of refugees and migrants

Amnesty International regrets the adoption of the latest comprehensive set of amendments to Hungarian asylum laws in the National Assembly on 7 March 2017. The amendments to five different laws , if signed into law by the President and proclaimed in the official journal will lock up all asylum-seekers in border “transit zones” for the whole duration of their asylum process, including any appeals, as well as enable the push-back (summary expulsion) of all persons found in an irregular situation in Hungary to the external side of the country’s extensive border fences.

Date:
9 March 2017
Ref:
EUR 27/5855/2017
  • News
  • Hungary
  • Refugees

Hungary: container camp bill is flagrant violation of international law

Responding to the Hungarian Parliament’s adoption of a set of amendments allowing for the automatic detention of all asylum seekers while their applications are processed, Gauri Van Gulik, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Europe, said: “Plans to automatically detain some of the world’s most vulnerable people in shipping containers behind razor wire fences, sometimes for months on end, are beyond the pale.

Date:
7 March 2017
  • News
  • Hungary
  • Refugees

Hungary stoops to new low with plan to round up asylum seekers in container camp

The Hungarian government’s announcement that it will detain all asylum seekers in containers near the border is yet another disturbing move in a pattern of demonizing this already very vulnerable group, Amnesty International said today. The government will submit its proposal to Parliament which will then debate and vote on the measures within weeks. If adopted, it will be in clear contravention of EU law and the Refugee Convention.

Date:
10 February 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Discrimination

A drop of hope in the sea of fear: Tackling hate crimes against Roma in Hungary

“It was like hell. Bottles and stones were falling on us like a hailstorm,” recalls Alfréd Király. “All the children were terrified. We asked the police to protect us but they wouldn’t. ” More than four years after the incident, during which hundreds of violent demonstrators surrounded his home shouting anti-Roma slogans and throwing rocks through his windows, Alfred is still shaken by the memory. But this week he and other Romani families won an important victory in their long struggle for justice.

Date:
25 January 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

EU: Orwellian counter-terrorism laws stripping rights under guise of defending them

Sweeping new laws are driving Europe into a deep and dangerous state of permanent securitization, Amnesty International said on the publication of a comprehensive human rights analysis of counter-terrorism measures across 14 EU member states. Dangerously disproportionate: The ever-expanding national security state in Europe reveals how a deluge of laws and amendments passed with break-neck speed, is undermining fundamental freedoms and dismantling hard-won human rights protections.

Date:
17 January 2017
  • Research
  • Austria
  • EU

Europe: Dangerously disproportionate: The ever-expanding national security state in Europe - Executive Summary

Hundreds of people were killed and wounded in a spate of violent attacks in European Union (EU) states between January 2015 and December 2016. They were shot by armed men, blown up in suicide bomb attacks and deliberately run over as they walked in the street. These callous crimes did not just target individuals; they were also attacks on societies, on how people live and what people think. The need to protect people from such wanton violence is obvious and urgent.

Date:
17 January 2017
Ref:
EUR 01/5343/2017
  • Research
  • Austria
  • EU

Europe: Dangerously disproportionate: The ever-expanding national security state in Europe

Hundreds of people were killed and wounded in violent attacks in the European Union in 2015 and 2016. The need to protect people from such wanton violence is obvious and urgent. This report gives a bird’s eye view of the national security landscape and shows just how widespread and deep the “securitization” of Europe has become. It focuses on eight themes: states of emergency, principle of legality, right to privacy, freedom of expression, right to liberty, freedom of movement, stripping of nationality, and the prohibition on sending people to places where they risk torture.

Date:
17 January 2017
Ref:
EUR 01/5342/2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Detention

Hungary: Shameful misuse of terrorism provisions as man involved in border clash jailed for 10 years

In response to the sentencing of Ahmed H, to 10 years in prison on terrorism charges for his involvement in clashes with Hungarian border guards at a Serbia-Hungary border crossing last year, Gauri van Gulik, Amnesty International’s Deputy Europe Directorwho attended the court hearing said:  “This verdict is based on a blatant misuse of terrorism provisions and reflects a disturbing confluence of two dangerous trends: the misuse of terrorism-related offenses and the appalling treatment of refugees and migrants.

Date:
30 November 2016