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People often feel vulnerable to law enforcement agencies. The HHC offers help in this inbalanced power relationship: we provide legal advice, legal representation, regularly monitor places of detention as well as make recommendations to improve people’s capacities to enforce their rights when they come into contact with the police and the prison service. Through our activities, closed institutions become more transparent and citizens’ vulnerability decreases.

The UN Human Rights Committee on its 100th session assessed Hungary’s implementation  of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The Hungarian Helsinki Committee helped the Committee’s work by preparing two shadow reports.

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The Hungarian Helsinki Committee reviewed the planned amendments to the Police Act. In its opinion it criticizes among others the regulations dealing with the establishment of service, points out the under-regulated fields, and makes recommendations in order to improve the efficiency of the investigation of complaints against police action.

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The Bill on legislative amendments “necessary for improving public security” has led to a situation in which juvenile offenders committing petty theft almost inevitably end up in confinement. The amendments proposed by the government in order to improve public safety, ill-considerately and unjustifiably impose stricter rules, and are contrary to Hungary’s international legal commitments.

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