April 10, 2018

UN criticized Hungary for hate speech against minorities

The UN Human Rights Committee urged Hungary to stop hate speech targeting minorities, in particular, Roma and Muslim, and to repeal the law permitting police to expel illegal migrants depriving them of the opportunity to seek asylum, Reuters informs. 

The Committee urged the Hungarian government strongly to reject the draft laws known as the “Stop-Soros Package,” which empower the interior minister to ban NGOs supporting migration and posing the “national security risk.” 

The UN Human Rights Committee expressed concern at “the prevalence (in Hungary) of hate crimes and about hate speech in political discourse, the media and on the Internet targeting minorities, notably, Roma, Muslim, migrants and refugees, including in the context of government-sponsored campaigns.” 

The Committee has released its conclusions and recommendations after its independent experts reviewed the report on civil and political rights observance in Hungary. 

The conclusions were released three days before the parliamentary elections in Hungary.