Budapest, 20 June 2018 — TODAY, on World Refugee Day the Hungarian Parliament adopted Bill T/333, a new version of the 2018 Anti-NGO package, and the Seventh Amendment to the Fundamental Law of Hungary. Although the adopted version of the attack on civil society organizations differs significantly from its two previous versions, the threat it poses is even more severe and unacceptable.
A new draft legislative package that limits judicial independence and restricts the freedom of judges to interpret the law is a serious threat to the rule of law in Hungary and runs counter to values Hungary signed up to when it joined the European Union.
The celebrated conductor is the ninth Hungarian to receive the prestigious Wolf Prize, one of the most esteemed awards worldwide. Following in the footsteps of György Ligeti, Fischer is the second Hungarian artist to be given this prize. The jury not only valued his outstanding musical career but highlighted his commitment to human rights as well.
The Hungarian Helsinki Committee’s information update provides an overview on the application of the Dublin III regulation in relation to Hungary since 2015. The summary table lists key decisions of administrative authorities and courts at various levels in 15 Member States relating to Dublin transfers to Hungary, as well as a brief statistical overview of transfers to Hungary since March 2017. The document is available here.
77 university professors from 28 countries of various continents expressed their solidarity with the Hungarian Helsinki Committee calling for the immediate halting of envisaged measures to starve and strangle independent civil society in Hungary. The declaration comes amid ongoing attacks against civil society organizations in Hungary and in relation to the Hungarian Parliament’s expected vote on the LEXNGO 2108 in May.
In its final decision the Metropolitan Regional Court of Budapest ruled in favour of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC) in the lawsuit the NGO initiated in October 2017. The Hungarian government must publish an apology to the HHC for 30 days on the opening page of its website kormany.hu and pay a compensation of 2 million HUF.
On 18 April 2018 at 09:15 am CET, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) held an open hearing in the case of Ilias and Ahmed v. Hungary. It concerned the detention of two Bangladeshi asylum-seekers in the transit zone for 23 days as well as their removal from Hungary to Serbia. The two asylum-seekers are represented by attorneys of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee.