No Substantive Ruling in the Amnesty International vs. National Police Headquarters Lawsuit

On July 13th, 2007 the Metropolitan Court returned its verdict in the Amnesty International (AI) vs. National Police Headquarters (NPH) lawsuit. The HCLU has taken on the legal representation of AI during the proceedings.

AI has sued the NPH for their practices during the visit of Lech Kaczynski, Head of the Republic of Poland in March, 2006. Civil organizations prepared for the welcoming of the Polish president by organizing demonstrations in response to his homophobic measures. The demonstrations were obstructed by the police without issuing a prohibitive order. The police set up cordons and did not allow the demonstrators to reach the previously reported locations.

The court, without substantially dealing with the matter, overruled the order of the NPH and has obligated them to re-conduct the process. It was the AI's and the HCLU's goal to stop the restrictive practices of the police and local governments, with which - by a simple administrative order - they restrict our basic rights.

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The Hungarian Constitutional Court annuled the restrictive order of the General Assembly of Budapest on the right of assembly

The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) welcomes the decision of the Constitutional Court, which abrogated the disposition modified on the 26th October 2006 of the decree 59/1995.

Following Atrocities at the Budapest Gay Pride Parade, the HCLU and Numerous Civil Organizations Have Signed a Joint Declaration

On the initiation of the Háttér Support Society for LGBGS (Hungarian gay and lesbian rights organization), a number of civil organizations have signed a declaration about the events that took place on July 7th, 2007 during the Budapest Gay Pride Parade. Read the declaration!

Police Investigate the Rubber Bullet Case

"Upon the request of the Budapest Investigation Authority - following the HCLU's press conference yesterday - the head of the National Police Headquarters (NPH) initiated an investigation by the NPH's Traffic Control Department in order to determine whether the use of the controversial firearms and rubber bullets was legal. According to available information and with reference to norms, use of these tools was legal" - notifies the police on their webpage (www.police.hu).