Fewer migrant arrivals mean fewer deaths in the Mediterranean. But that good news masks a disturbing trend - the rate of deaths in proportion to arrivals has never been higher, in part because NGOs have been forced to end their rescue operations.
Even before the European Commission could conclude its infringement procedure against the Hungarian government for a previous anti-civil society law, Budapest took up discussion of a new package of laws to shackle civil society.
As the European Parliament debated the deterioration of rights, democratic standards and the rule of law in Hungary, the Commission announced it was stepping up action on three court cases, including the case on Fidesz's anti-NGO law.
Hungarian NGOs and Liberties recently asked the Commission to take three measures to protect the rule of law and the freedom of NGOs in Hungary and across the EU. Here's our assessment of the Commission's reply.
The June attack against the Stonewall Group is the latest in a string of assaults on civil society organizations working to promote LGBT rights. It's time for the government to step up and protect these groups from future violence.
Prime Minister Orbán of Hungary wants to silence Hungarian rights activists, pro-democracy NGOs and investigative journalists. Friends of democracy and civil liberties must stop him: sign our petition.