Hungary

Hungary: European Courts of Justice take on restrictive laws

European Courts of Justice take on restrictive laws in relation to migration and NGOs, government threatens LGBTQIA+ groups and media freedoms. Read more

Hungary: European Courts of Justice take on restrictive laws

CSOs in Hungary win lawsuits against smear campaigns

In a positive development, in May 2019 the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC) won a lawsuit against Figyelo, a weekly pro-government magazine, for publishing the “Soros-list” in April 2018 which depicted activists, human rights defenders and critical media workers as “Soros-mercenaries”. Read more

CSOs in Hungary win lawsuits against smear campaigns

Hungary continues its regressive course restricting civic space

The Parliament adopted new amendments to the laws on administrative courts despite concerns that these amendments still do not guarantee that the proposed administrative court system will be independent and impartial. Meanwhile, the authorities took further steps to restrict the freedom of peaceful assembly. Read more

Hungary continues its regressive course restricting civic space

New huge pro-government media conglomerate in Hungary threatens freedom of speech

In November 2018, 476 media outlets became part of the new Hungarian media holding organisation controlled by pro-government forces. The move was strongly condemned by international and local media rights organisations and has been seen as another attempt by the government to destroy media freedom. Read more

New huge pro-government media conglomerate in Hungary threatens freedom of speech

Police in Hungary are already using a restrictive new law to ban protests

On 1st October 2018, a new law on the administration of public assemblies came into force, and was quickly applied by Hungarian police. Read more

Police in Hungary are already using a restrictive new law to ban protests

Victory in European Parliament as "Stop Soros" law comes into force

MEPs voted by a two-thirds majority to begin the Article 7 procedure under the Treaty on European Union, which can, in theory, lead to Hungary losing EU voting rights. Read more

Victory in European Parliament as "Stop Soros" law comes into force

"Stop Soros" laws followed by restrictive new protest law

The "Stop Soros" legislative package passed by Parliament in June, was quickly followed by further restrictions introduced through a law on peaceful assembly passed by the Hungarian Parliament in July. Read more

"Stop Soros" laws followed by restrictive new protest law

Fidesz landslide heightens concerns for civil society and independent media

Hungary’s right-wing Fidesz Party won a landslide victory for the third time in a row in parliamentary elections held on 8th April. Fidesz regained a two-thirds super-majority in the Hungarian parliament which gives the Party enough votes to make constitutional changes. Read more

Fidesz landslide heightens concerns for civil society and independent media

Orban continues to target CSOs and opponents ahead of April 8th elections

With elections to be held on April 8th, Viktor Orban's government continues to press ahead with new laws which would stifle the work of human rights organisations. Read more

Orban continues to target CSOs and opponents ahead of April 8th elections

Civil society considers proposed "Stop Soros" laws "deceitful"

A new package of laws, dubbed the "Stop Soros" laws, has been proposed in Hungary in the lead up to election on 8th April. Read more

Civil society considers proposed "Stop Soros" laws "deceitful"