Newsroom

Commissioner for Human Rights

Hungary should do more for human rights of Roma, migrants and disabled people

04/07/2014

Statement by the Commissioner for Human Rights following his visit to Hungary
Hungary should do more for the human rights of Roma, migrants and persons with disabilities
Nils Muižnieks 

Strasbourg, 04.07.2014 - "The impact of recent changes in the legal framework in Hungary on human rights has attracted considerable international criticism. While some of the issues raised in that context have been addressed, the situation of vulnerable groups in the country remains of serious concern" said today Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, at the end of a four-day visit to Hungary.

Roma continue to face segregation in both housing and education, in a context of continuing intolerance within the country. "Any intimidating acts and hate speech against Roma should be vigorously condemned by officials and duly investigated by police. Any individuals who advocate for or are involved in instances of racist and other hate crimes should be sanctioned, while racist organisations should face adequate penalties, including a ban if necessary". In this context, the Commissioner welcomes the ban imposed on the Hungarian Guard and the steps taken by the authorities to ban other racist organisations. (more...)

See also:
Hungary and the Council of Europe
 

 
 
Commissioner for Human Rights
29/07/2014
Headlines
Fighting violence against women must become a top priority
 
Human Rights Commissioner comments on the convention on violence against women entering into force
Moneyval
29/07/2014
Headlines
Romania should strengthen its anti-money laundering institutions and improve their results, says Council of Europe report
 Photo: Shutterstock
 

Other news

Press Releases

Diaries