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Government apologizes and pays compensation to the Hungarian Helsinki Committee

The Prime Minister’s Office admitted in a press release today that he had misinformed the Hungarian public by presenting “misleading and falsely presented facts” about the activities of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee. As the Supreme Court ruled the apology has to be issued on the landing page of, the governments ’s official website, and leave it posted for 30 days.

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Project Right to faith: protecting the right to freedom of religion in Hungary

Since 2015, the systematic government’s anti-migrant hate campaign has strongly relied on an Islamophobic and anti-Muslim rhetoric, which has increased intolerance of the majority population towards Muslim communities. With this backdrop, the HHC decided to execute the project Right to faith: protecting the right to freedom of religion in Hungary over 2018 and 2019, funded by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Budapest.

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The Kúria (Supreme Court of Hungary) upheld the Budapest Court of Appeal’s (Fővárosi Ítélőtábla) previous final judgment in all aspects: The Hungarian Government’s 2017 National Consultation Questionnaire contained false allegations and ruined the Hungarian Helsinki Committee’s reputation. The ruling ordered the Prime Minister’s Office to pay two million HUF in damages.

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Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is a human rights treaty which sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health, and cultural rights of children. The implementation of the CRC  is monitored by a body of 18 independent international experts, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

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The European Commission sides with refugees and civil society

The Hungarian Helsinki Committee welcomes the decision of the European Commission to refer Hungary to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) for what the Hungarian government calls the ’Stop Soros’ act. The Commission also decided to launch a new infringement procedure for withholding food from those detained in the transit zones.

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