Hungarian Civil Liberties Union

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HCLU and partners’ statement on Hungary’s failure to comply with ECJ ruling on foreign-funded NGOs

In June 2020, the ECJ ruled that Hungary’s restrictions on foreign-funded NGOs broke EU law. In light of Hungary’s failure to comply with the ruling, HCLU and allies offer three recommendations and call on the European Commission to act.

HCLU report finds Hungarian authorities obstructing the press during COVID-19

The Hungarian government has reduced press access to COVID-19 information; health workers and professionals fear talking to the media due to the risk of reprisals by the authorities.

Protesters march in Budapest, Hungary, on 21 May 2017, in a demonstration against tough laws targeting foreign-backed NGOs and higher education institutions, STR/AFP/Getty Images

In solidarity with civil society in Hungary

Rights groups protest draft legislation that would seriously restrict the work of human rights defenders in Hungary.

A man holds a ballot paper as he votes against Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's policies on migrants in a referendum, in Budapest, Hungary, 2 October 2016, AP Photo/Vadim Ghird

Hungary: An illiberal state in the heart of Europe

Hungary remains part of the European Union, but its actions contradict the fundamental principles of the EU, according to a report by five Hungarian NGOs.

European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans speaks during an interview with Reuters at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 26 June 2017, REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Letter to European Commission protests Hungary’s new NGO law

On the heels of Hungary’s recent adoption of a Law on the Transparency of Organisations Supported from Abroad, the European Commission is urged to act to protect NGOs and the rule of law in Hungary.

Kem Ley, 4 June, 2016, AP/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Pressure mounts on Cambodia a year after Kem Ley’s killing

On the one-year anniversary of the death of popular Cambodian activist Kem Ley, civil society organisations from around the world reiterated their call for an independent inquiry.

REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Hungary’s academic freedom and expression at risk due to changes to education law

IFEX members call on EU officials to condemn Hungary’s attack on the Central European University as a threat to academic freedom and free expression.

Fidesz Vice-President Szilárd Németh pictured on 14 February 2015. He has launched a verbal attack against several civil society organisations, Derzsi Elekes Andor/Wikipedia/Creative Commons

Hungarian Civil Liberties Union on the government crackdown against civil society

Fidesz’s vice-president, Szilárd Németh, along with MPs of the governing parties, launched a verbal attack against several Hungarian civil society organisations that receive part of their funding from foreign donors.