10 October 2017
The Law on the Transparency of Organisations Receiving Foreign Funds (Anti-NGO Law) was adopted on 13 June 2017 by the governing majority of the Hungarian Parliament, despite repeated domestic and international objections. What is the problem with the Hungarian law on foreign-funded NGOs? The Law interferes with the freedom of expression of the organizations as it affects their right to good reputation. The Law violates the right to privacy and personal data protection. The Law violates freedom of association. The Law violates the general prohibition of discrimination in relation to the freedom of association. There was no public consultation during the legislative process. The Law introduces unjustified and disproportionate restrictions to the free movement of capital. The Law follows the autocratic Russia’s example according to international and European institutions’ views on the Hungarian Law.
A short analysis of the Anti-NGO Law prepared by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union is available online here.