The Legal Defence Bureau for National and Ethnic Minorities, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union and the European Roma Rights Centre urges to clarify the role of the National Security Services in the … Read more
The HHC issued a statement concerning an event organized by the so-called “New” Magyar Gárda Movement on private premises, on 22 August 2009. In its statement the HHC claimed that the Police should have prevented the Magyar Gárda in holding the event. In the HHC’s view it is clear that the “old” and the “new” Magyar Gárda Movement are the same, and taking part in the dissolved Magyar Gárda Movement and in its leadership constitutes a petty offence and a criminal offence respectively, according to the relevant legal provisions. The HHC expressed the view that the Police had the obligation to take measures in the case also on private premises.
The Hungarian Helsinki Committee and the Office of Immigration and Nationality signed a Cooperation Agreement on 22 June 2009.
The extremist right wing party “Jobbik” announced a demonstration to be held on 11 July 2009 on Szabadság Square, in the framework of which the re-foundation of the dissolved Magyar Gárda Movement was announced. The Police did not dissolve the demonstration. In the HHC’s view, the demonstration should have been dissolved, since it constituted a violation of the rights and freedom of others (on the basis of the above argument).
On 4 July 2009, the Police dissolved a demonstration held by members of the Magyar Gárda and their sympathizers. The HHC issued a statement according to which the Police had committed a number of failures … Read more
On 23 June 2009, the HHC, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, the Chance for Children Foundation and the Legal Defense Bureau for National and Ethnic Minorities filed a criminal report against T. P., a well-known … Read more
In a lawsuit filed by the Helsinki Committee, the Metropolitan Appellate Court pronounced on 18 June 2009 that contracts with winners of tenders called for by government bodies are public information, as are documents containing … Read more
The Hungarian Helsinki Committee finds that the 16 June 2009 ruling of the Pécs Appellate Court is unacceptable, as it reduced the suspended imprisonment imposed in the first instance on police officers from Csurgó, who … Read more
An ill, 83 year-old lady, whose pre-trial detention was ordered in her absence by the Tatabánya Municipal Court in a criminal investigation that has been ongoing for almost eight years has been held at the … Read more
In late 2008 and early 2009 the HHC carried out research into possible ways of assessing the quality of ex officio defense through studying actual case files. In the research, 150 already closed criminal cases … Read more
After five decades of neglect, Europe is urged to respect its international obligations and provide stateless persons with a meaningful protection status.
Hungarian Rights Groups Denounce Anti-Romani Statements by Hungary’s Parliamentary Commissioner for Civil Rights On 2 April 2009, Dr Máté Szabó, Parliamentary Commissioner for Civil Rights, stated in an interview with the online news portal FigyelőNet, … Read more
Lifelong imprisonment without the possibility of parole was introduced in 1999 into Hungarian criminal law. In the EU at present Hungary and the United Kingdom are the only Member States that allow imposing a so-called “actual life … Read more
The HHC, the Eötvös Károly Institute, the Legal Defense Bureau for National and Ethnic Minorities, the Roma Civil Rights Foundation and the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union addressed President László Sólyom in a joint letter. The … Read more