20 February 2018
Justice and Peace calls on Hungary to withdraw draft NGO law silencing civil society
More than 250 organisations have signed an open letter calling of the Hungarian government to withdraw a draft law that will hinder the work of civil society and human rights defenders in Hungary.
The draft law specifically targets organisations working on migration-related issues, adding to the government’s strict anti-migration policy.
Justice and Peace Netherlands together with more than 250 organisations worldwide have signed a letter calling on the Hungarian government to withdraw a bill that will further threaten the work of non-governmental organisations and human rights defenders in Hungary, and calls on the government to uphold its obligation to protect the right to freedom of association, expression and movement under international and European law.
About ‘Stop Soros’
On February 13th, the Hungarian government submitted a proposal to Parliament, dubbed the “Stop Soros” package. The draft law specifically targets organisations working on migration-related issues, adding to the government’s strict anti-migration policy. The proposal states that organisations working on migration will require a license to work, administered by the interior minister, and be required to pay a 25% tax on foreign funding that it says “supports illegal migration”.
The new proposal comes in the context of an already restricted civil society and shrinking space for human rights in Hungary characterized by the stigmatization of civil society organisations. Previous statements and laws by the Hungarian government have labeled NGOs as “foreign agents”, stating that many NGOs that receive funding from abroad represent donor interests and lack democratic legitimacy.
The Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, Nils Muižnieks, expressed his concern of the bill in a statement on Thursday, noting his concern over the “escalating rhetoric used by the Hungarian government to portray NGOs and immigrants as a threat to national security.”
Together with 250 other organisations, we stand in solidarity with civil society and human rights defenders in Hungary and call on the Hungarian government to refrain from stigmatising and penalising civil society actors. Such actions are against international human rights standards, international and EU law, and thus we call on the Hungarian government to uphold its obligation to the protection of human rights.
Read the full text of the open letter to the Hungarian government here: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2018/02/in-solidarity-with-civil-society-in-hungary/?l
26 February 2018
Justice and Peace Netherlands supports joint NGO response to the draft Copenhagen Declaration
More than 25 organisations have published their reaction on the draft of the Copenhagen Declaration, that puts new restrictions on the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights.
16 February 2018
7 February 2018
Costa Rica becomes third international Shelter City for human rights defenders
The official signing of Shelter City Costa Rica marks an important step towards the protection of human rights defenders in Central and South America.
25 January 2018