Silencing of civil society in Hungary

Silencing of civil society in Hungary

Last Sunday (8th April) the conservative and populist party led by strong opponent of migration and Islam, Victor Orban, won the third election in the row.  The  results and its reasons has been since then largely discussed and analyzed across Europe. The good analysis was offered by Laszlo Andor, economist and former Commissioner,  who answers the question Why is Orban so strong?  Or OSCE (Organisation for Security and Co-Operation in Europe) that discuss the consequences for Hungary and Europe.

For past few months SOLIDAR and other civil society organizations were raising awareness of legislative package to Parliament, which will potentially affect the function of civic life in Hungary on every level. A broad range of actors have expressed their solidarity with civil society in Hungary and urged an immediate withdrawal of the bills, however in his victory speech Orban confirmed that he will go ahead with the controversial reforms dubbed as “Stop Soros”.  The legislative package includes the acts: ‘licensing of organisations supporting migration’, ‘immigration financing duty’ and the ‘immigration restraint order’. Despite the name the proposals not only target those who allegedly engage in supporting or funding ‘illegal migration’, but through less-conspicuous provisions also target the wider group of NGOs.’ The presented measures would cut or divert funding for essential services, stigmatize and criminalize NGO work, put human rights defenders under individual threat and effectively silence their voice.

SOLIDAR  stands in solidarity with  Hungarian civil society and will continue to monitor the situation with our partner organization European Civic Forum and Civil Society Europe. .

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