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Jun 20, 2018 7 tweets 3 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
What is at stake at today's vote in #Hungary parliament?
Individuals helping migrants could be criminalized for legitimate activities and could face up to a year in prison. Even being a "suspect" will have a serious personal effect on the lives of people.
@hrw explainer:
And more.. asylum seekers applying to get protection will face new admissibility criteria making it virtually impossible for them to be recognized as refugees, especially without the legal and psycho-social support from independent groups and experts.
NGOs and volunteers who try to challenge this zero protection system, report on abuses at the border and in detention, or provide any form of support will be under constant threat of prosecution. It is already nearly impossible to access critical areas and report on conditions.
Criminalizing solidarity is also a cynical message the #Hungary government sends to society, taking a stance against people in need. Similarly, the imminent "constitutional ban" of homelessness flouts the values of humanity and solidarity instead of managing a social crisis.
The values represented by the #Fidesz party in government go against the basic principles of the EU. The likely outcome of today's votes is another reminder to EU leaders and @EPP @EPPgroup that Fidesz has long crossed all possible red lines.
While NGOs and independent activists will continue to work in Hungary despite the crackdown, they need the support of institutions and leaders truly committed to human rights and the rule of law. As an overdue 1st step, the govt should face an Article 7 action similar to Poland.
As expected, shortly after 3 pm local time, the law and the constitutional amendments curtailing the rights of migrants, people who support them to access these rights, as well as homeless people have been passed in parliament.

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