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Legal News
6 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Hungary's ruling party declared [press release, in Hungarian] Friday that the country must pass legislation to tighten the border and prevent migrants from abusing the EU's political asylum laws. Antal Rogan, leader of the Fidesz party [party website, in Hungarian] parliamentary group, noted that in January alone, around 14,000 … [read more]

Legal News
17 May 2013
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Hungarian laws introduced by the ruling Fidesz [party website, in Hungarian] party in 2010 are undermining human rights, according to a report [text, PDF] published Thursday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. According to HRW, the new constitution and laws are negatively affecting human rights and the rule … [read more]

Legal News
18 Apr 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] EU Commissioner of Justice Viviane Reding [official website] spoke out [statement] on Wednesday against Hungary's failure to reinstate judges and prosecutors who had been forced into early retirement. Last November the European Court of Justice (ECJ) struck down [JURIST report] a Hungarian law that lowered the age of … [read more]

Academic Commentary
12 Apr 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Gabor Halmai of Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest says that the Fourth Amendment to the Fundamental Law of Hungary undermines several constitutional rights and implicates the entire scheme of constitutionalism in Hungary...On February 26, 2013, Hungary's Constitutional Court issued a ruling striking down the law granting official designation … [read more]

Legal News
3 Apr 2013
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] Two UN human rights experts were critical [press release] of the Hungarian Parliament [official website] on Wednesday for passing an amendment to the Hungarian Fundamental Law [text, PDF] that criminalizes homelessness. Hungary is estimated to currently have 30,000 homeless individuals. The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human … [read more]

Legal News
12 Mar 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Hungarian Parliament [official website, in Hungarian] on Monday approved controversial amendments [BBC backgrounder] to the country's constitution. The amendments, approved by a vote of 265-11, with 33 abstentions, include several provisions previously struck down by the country's Constitutional Court. The amendments limit that court's powers, define family relationships … [read more]

Legal News
4 Jan 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Hungary [official website, In Hungarian] on Friday struck down an electoral law requiring voters to register to vote at least two weeks before elections in 2014. The new rules had been proposed by the conservative Fidesz [party website, in Hungarian] party of Prime Minister Viktor … [read more]

Legal News
8 Mar 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The European Union [official website] said Wednesday that Hungary must change two controversial laws [memo; press release] that went into effect with the country's new constitution on January 1 in order to comply with EU law before aid will be provided to the country. Hungary requested financial aid from … [read more]

Legal News
20 Dec 2011
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] Hungary's Constitutional Court [official website, in Hungarian] on Monday struck down [press release, in Hungarian] certain provisions of the country's recently passed media law as an unconstitutional restraint on press freedom. Rights groups had urged Hungary to amend [JURIST report] the media law. The media law created the National … [read more]

Legal News
26 Aug 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The Chief Justice of Hungary, Andras Baka, has petitioned [text, DOC, in Hungarian] the Hungarian Supreme Court [official website, in Hungarian] to review a recently enacted law that he claims gives prosecutors too much power and violates the European Convention on Human Rights [text] and the Hungarian Constitution [text, … [read more]

Legal News
25 Apr 2011
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Hungarian President Pal Schmitt signed into law [press release] a controversial new constitution [text, PDF, in Hungarian] on Monday, amid concern from civil society leaders and opposition politicians that the document contravenes European human rights principles. According to a statement [text] released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website], … [read more]

Legal News
21 Apr 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] A faction of the European Parliament [official website] on Wednesday requested [press release] that the European Union [official website] review Hungary's new constitution [draft, in Hungarian, PDF], which the country's national assembly approved [JURIST report] on Monday. Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe … [read more]

Legal News
18 Apr 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] The National Assembly of Hungary [official website, in Hungarian] approved [statement, in Hungarian] a new constitution [draft, in Hungarian] on Monday by a margin of 262-44 and one abstention. Members of the country's socialist party (MSZP) [official website, in Hungarian] and green liberal political party (LMP) boycotted the vote … [read more]

Legal News
8 Feb 2011
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Hungary agreed Monday to change its controversial media law [text, PDF] following negotiations between Hungarian and EU representatives. The new law, which controls private television and radio broadcasters, newspapers, and online news sites, has been criticized as being too restrictive of freedom of expression. Last month, European Commission Vice … [read more]

Legal News
31 Jan 2011
by Megan McKee

[JURIST] Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Tibor Navracsics indicated Monday that Hungary is willing to consult with the EU over its controversial new media law. In a letter responding to the European Commission's request for more information regarding the law, Navracsics continued to defend the law but said his government would … [read more]

Legal News
4 Jan 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Hungarian government on Tuesday continued to defend its controversial new media law in the face of criticism from the EU. The new law, which entered into force this week, creates the National Media and Communications Authority (NMHH) [official website, in Hungarian], which controls private television and radio broadcasters, … [read more]

Legal News
17 Nov 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The National Assembly of Hungary passed a bill on Tuesday limiting the jurisdiction of the Constitutional Court [official websites, in Hungarian] on state budget and taxation matters. The law, which passed 261-103, eliminates the court's ability to examine the recent "crisis taxes" imposed on banks, energy companies, foreign retail … [read more]

Legal News
24 Feb 2010
by Jay Carmella

[JURIST] The Hungarian Parliament [official website, in Hungarian] passed a bill on Monday that prohibits denials of the Holocaust [JURIST news archive]. The law, which passed 197-1 [Politics.hu report] with 142 members abstaining, makes denying the Holocaust a criminal offense punishable by up to 3 years in prison. The bill … [read more]

Legal News
6 Jun 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Hungary [official website] ruled Tuesday in favor of a proposed referendum on unpopular economic reform proposals advanced by Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany [BBC profile]. A coalition of opposition parties including the Hungarian Civic Party (FIDESZ), the Christian Democratic People's Party (KDNP), and the Hungarian … [read more]

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