In its information, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee provides an overview of rule of law developments in Hungary between May and July 2020, covering concerns pertaining to the justice system and institutional issues related to checks and balances.
In a state of emergency, state authorities have wider powers than usual, and they can even abuse them. In such times all of us have our own responsibilities: doctors to heal, the Police to keep the order up, citizens to comply with the rules. Us, human rights defenders as well: to ensure that during these exceptional times, authorities still only make decisions following fair procedures. Therefore we provide legal aid to the most vulnerable people, and also to those who take health risks in the interest of our society and are doing what their professional knowledge and their moral conscience tell them to do.
When we turn to the European Court of Human Rights, generally we try to draw attention to those structural problems which are not or cannot be remedied by the Hungarian authorities and courts: dismissal of public officials without justification, inhuman circumstances of detention, or unreasonable deprivation of one’s personal freedom.
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Nils Muižnieks Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
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Milán former client
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Csabi and Judit
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László, our client
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a Migration Aid volunteer Nyugati railway station
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were able to reason professionally while working in the field at the same time. I do not know how long their
working days were, but they have become my most important source of information when it came to following
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Ágnes Urbán Budapest
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Dósa Mariann The City is for All, Közélet Iskolája
"Wholehearted thank you for your answer and for the all-embracing information provided by you. My empathy tells me that short-changed people and victims of aggressive crimes undergo such pain while they live their lives in numbness and solitude. I heard from the news and other sources of information that sometimes even those in power disagree with you, therefore please do not give up your work for the people!
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We provide free legal assistance to asylum seekers, stateless persons and unaccompanied minors in Hungary. Reuniting separated families is one of our main objectives. Through our training and research activities, we foster a high-quality, effective and humane asylum procedure – both inside Hungary and in other parts of the world. We combat xenophobia.
We aim at decreasing the defenceless of people: we provide support to those in contact with the police and the penitentiary system, and we provide legal advice and representation to victims of ill-treatment by official persons or other severe abuses. In addition, we regularly monitor prisons and other places of detention in order to make closed institutions more transparent.
People are free in a state where the consequences of their actions are predictable and where clean and transparent rules apply not only to the individuals, but also to state authorities. Where the state power has no clear limits, there is no individual freedom either. It is important for us that the Hungarian democracy operates on the basis of the rule of law – that is why we step up in its defence.
Everybody should be treated equally; however, we still experience discrimination at many areas of life. For example, members of minorities can be victims of hate crime. We primarily provide legal aid for detainees and asylum seekers fighting against discrimination.
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