Human Rights First Documents Hungarian Government’s Abuse of NGOs

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Human Rights First reported that recent actions by the Hungarian government against non-governmental organizations raise questions about the country’s commitment to protecting human rights. In addition, Hungarian officials have done little to curb the rise of Jobbik, a radical neo-fascist political party.  Human Rights First called on the Community of Democracies to reexamine Hungary’s position [Read More…]

Empty Words: Hungary Lacks Response to Domestic Violence

On July 1, 2013, Hungary enacted legislation specifically criminalizing domestic violence for the first time in the country’s history. Prior to July, the official response to domestic violence was limited to charges of battery or assault for individual acts of physical abuse with no broader consideration of the abusive relationship; survivors did not have access [Read More…]

Roma Children’s Wrongful Placement in Special Schools is Discriminatory

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Hungary’s segregation of its education system based on students’ mental disabilities violates the right to education and freedom from discrimination, according to the European Court for Human Rights (ECtHR) Chamber ruling in Horváth and Kiss v. Hungary. The case concerned two young Roma men who authorities placed in a school for the mentally disabled. The [Read More…]

Family Faces Criminal Charges for Human Trafficking in Canada

A poster from the Canada Department of Justice calls attention to human trafficking. Photo credit: The Canada Department of Justice

In what has been called Canada’s largest human trafficking case to date, Ferenc Domotor Sr. is accused of being the ringleader in a human trafficking and fraud operation in the City of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Domotor Sr. is currently facing human trafficking, fraud, conspiracy and organized crime charges before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. [Read More…]

Media Law in Hungary Raises Concerns among European Community and Tests EU Credibility

News stand in Budapest, Hungary. Photo by Kome Hachi.

On January 1, 2011, a new media law entered into force in Hungary that, as Amnesty International warns, will impose potentially wide-ranging restrictions on freedom of expression. The Media Services and Mass Media Act (the Act) establishes two government-appointed entities, the National Media and Communications Authority (NMHH) and the Media Council, which are vested with [Read More…]