I Am Ahmed and Charlie

The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union has commemorated last week's tragedy in Paris in two articles. In advocating for the universal inviolability of the freedom of speech and of the press, HCLU stands against the intensification of populist, anti-immigration voices, and has also made it clear that extremist statements and acts in response to the attacks only play into the hands of terrorists.

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HCLU’s Boycott: The Unlawful NGO Act is Bound to Fail

The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) denounces the unlawful NGO Act, even in its final version. According to the watchdog organization, the bill should not have been adopted at all, as it violates fundamental rights. The organization believes that the most effective way of acting against the unlawful provisions is not to abide the law the. They underline that, given their economic management is already fully transparent, this would not violate anyone’s rights or the demand of transparency.

'Semi-Consolidated Democracy': Freedom House Downgrades Hungary

Freedom House published this year's evaluation examining post-socialist countries on Tuesday. The report, Nations in Transit 2015, reclassifies Hungary from the category "Consolidated Democracies" to "Semi-Consolidated Democracies." The Washington-based international watchdog organization examined 29 countries (in Central Europe, the Balkans and the member states of the former Soviet Union) during last year. In the report, Hungary ranked 8th among 29 countries, finishing behind Slovakia and ahead of Bulgaria.

Absurd Fines Imposed against Hungary's Roma

Hungary’s National Police force has been accused of discrimination in targeting Roma citizens for trivial fines. NGOs have sent a letter to the police commissioner, who denies the allegations, asking for a working group to study the problem.