Between 2010 and 2014, an 'illiberal state' was being built in Hungary. In line with the prime minister's announcement on the subject, from 2014 we have been offered a perspective on how an actual, consolidated illiberal democracy operates. Hungary remains part of the European Union (EU), but its actions contradict the fundamental principles of the EU.
Hungarian NGOs and Liberties recently asked the Commission to take three measures to protect the rule of law and the freedom of NGOs in Hungary and across the EU. Here's our assessment of the Commission's reply.
Since 28 March 2017 all asylum-seekers, with the only exception of unaccompanied minors under 14, are held in the closed transit zones for the entirety of their asylum procedure. That placement in the transit zone amounts to unlawful detention is clearly stated in the European Court of Human Rights' judgement in the case of Ilias and Ahmed v. Hungary of 14 March 2017.
Your Excellency Mr. President of Portugal, Your Excellency Madame President of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Distinguished members of the Jury, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, On behalf of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee I want to thank you profoundly for awarding us the Gulbenkian Prize in human rights this year. We are honoured, we are very proud and we are very much enthused by your support.
The Calouste Gulbenkian 2017 Prize, with the sum of 100,000 euros, is ex-aequo awarded to the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, and to Professor Jane McAdam, an influential Australian researcher in the field of law.