Tag Archives: Hungary

7.7.2014, humanrightseurope.org – Nils Muižnieks: Hungary should do more for the human rights of Roma, migrants and disabled people

More should be done to protect the rights of Roma communities, migrants and disabled people in Hungary, according to human rights commissioner Nils Muižnieks. Following a four-day visit to the country, Muižnieks revealed that Roma people continue to face segregation in both housing and education, in a “context of continuing intolerance within the country.” The Commissioner for Human Rights welcomed ... Read More »

25.6.2014, ERRC – Hungarian City Set to ‘Expel’ Its Roma

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) is deeply concerned about a recent local government decree designed to expel Roma from Miskolc, a major city in Eastern Hungary. The ERRC sent its legal analysis to the European Commission to underline the unlawfulness of the action, urging the European Commission to take action against Hungary as its local decree is in breach ... Read More »

18.6.2014, ECRI – Council of Europe Anti-Racism Commission to prepare report on Hungary

A delegation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited Hungary from 2 to 6 June 2014 as the first step in the preparation of a monitoring report. During its visit, ECRI´s delegation gathered information on legislation, hate speech, violence, integration policies, LGBT issues and other topics. The delegation held meetings in Budapest and Miskolc with representatives of ... Read More »

6.6.2014, ibtimes.co.uk – Hungary Court Forbids Calling Jobbik ‘Far-Right’

Hungary’s ultra-nationalist Jobbik party cannot be described as “far-right” by broadcasters according to a controversial ruling by the country’s top court. The supreme court stated that commercial TV channel ATV breached the law when it called Jobbik a “parliamentary far-right party” in 2012 because it expressed an opinion and not a well-known fact. Jobbik said ATV violated the statutory ban ... Read More »

4.6.2014, Open Society Foundations – Patrolling the Streets with Hungary’s Roma Police

I was born into a poor family in central Hungary, in an environment with little opportunities. Thankfully I was supported by the Open Society Foundations with financial aid to complete my high school diploma. If I hadn’t managed this, I don’t know where I would be today. At the age of 21, I enrolled at a police academy in Budapest ... Read More »

3.6.2014, portfolio.hu – Commission presents long list of recommendations for Hungary

The European Commission has adopted a series of economic policy recommendations to individual Member States to strengthen the recovery that began a year ago. The recommendations are based on detailed analyses of each country’s situation and provide guidance on how to boost growth, increase competitiveness and create jobs in 2014-2015. The list of recommendations for Hungary is long. It addresses ... Read More »

2.6.2014, Newsweek – The Return of the Dictators

It’s a bright spring afternoon in Freedom Square in downtown Budapest. Lampposts are covered with posters for the opposition parties which had contested the European elections last weekend. Protesters are gathering, loudly railing against Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s prime minister, accusing his right-wing government of lies, dishonesty and hypocrisy. The object of their anger is a half-finished statue, covered with tarpaulins ... Read More »

25.5.2014, Al Jazeera – Canada refugee applicants fight deportation

Roma family forced to live in Toronto church, saying discrimination and violence await them in Hungary if sent back. A Jewish Roma family, who fled to Canada from Hungary, are fighting to stay in their adopted homeland. They say they have been the victims of violence and discrimination at home. But Canada has cracked down on refugee claimants and the family has ... Read More »

23.5.2014, romea.cz – Hungary: Town offers impoverished Roma money to move away

Czech Radio reports that municipal councilors in the northern Hungarian town of Miskolc have resolved to make a controversial offer to the residents of impoverished neighborhoods predominantly inhabited by Romani people. On the pretext of razing ghettos, they are planning to dedicate up to 2 million Hungarian forints (EUR 6 600) to every family that moves away from the town ... Read More »

8.2.2014. – European Jewish Press: Calls to ban Hungarian extreme-right Jobbik party to hold political rally in former synagogue

Efforts are underway to prevent Hungarian extreme-right and anti-Semitic party Jobbikto hold next week a political assembly  in a building that used to be a synagogue in the city ofEsztergom. The entire Jewish community in this city located 46 km (29 miles) north of Budapest, was killed during the Holocaust. The synagogue today is operated by the local government as ... Read More »