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Title: Hungary: Legislative changes threaten democracy and human rights
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Publisher: Council of Europe
Files: Hungary_ Legislative changes threaten democracy and human rights.pdf
Abstract: In this press release of 12 January 2012, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights warns that "major legislative changes have been adopted in Hungary after minimal public consultation and without sufficient consideration of crucial human rights principles". Referring to correspondence exchanged by Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg and Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs Janos Martonyi about newly adopted legislation on freedom of religion, but also citing recent legislation affecting the independence of the judiciary and freedom of expression, the Commisioner "calls upon the Hungarian authorities to take resolute measures" to address these "serious concerns". The statement recalls that the Commissioner previously published a written opinion about the the new media laws that were adopted in 2010, in which he identified a "wide range of problematic provisions [..], including content prescriptions; the imposition of sanctions on the media; the establishment of a politically unbalanced regulatory machinery with disproportionate powers and lack of full judicial supervision; threats to the independence of public-service broadcast media; and erosion of the protection of journalists’ sources". This new press release observes that "despite amendments to the laws adopted in March 2011, the Commissioner notes with regret that these concerns remain".
Publication/ adoption date: 2012-01-12
Language: English