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Open Society Responds to Proposed Anti-Migrant Legislation in Hungary

The Open Society Foundations are reviewing the legislative changes proposed by the Hungarian government yesterday. We remain deeply concerned about the Hungarian government’s continuing efforts to denigrate and misrepresent the work of independent civil society groups, particularly those that work on human rights, migration, and refugee issues.

Hungary has often changed its laws governing border control and asylum in recent years. The last set of changes made in 2017 has been found by the European Commission to violate European Union laws. The government has not explained what gaps in current Hungarian laws justify yet more changes. We will continue to support Hungarians who stand up for democracy and rights, and the Foundations will pursue all available legal avenues to defend the fundamental rights that are threatened by the proposed legislation.

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