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...)
Hungary and the Council of Europe