On 13 February 2018, the Hungarian government tabled to Parliament a pack of three law proposals, also referred to as “Stop Soros”. Liberties supports the alliance of 200 civil society groups and the open letter initiated by Amnesty International.
From smear campaigns to funding restrictions, governments across the EU are increasingly trying to silence human rights defenders. As the European Parliament prepares to debate the issue, Liberties offers its recommendations to improve the situation.
Fourteen Hungarian civil society organisations have submitted a joint appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, asking the court to declare that the anti-civil act on "foreign funding" violates the groups' fundamental rights.
NGOs from Italy and Russia have established a strong working relationship to share information and experiences in the field of prisoners rights. This cooperation comes despite the arrests of activists from the Italian NGO by Russian police.
Between 2010 and 2014, an 'illiberal state' was being built in Hungary, as promised by the prime minister. Since 2014, we have been offered a perspective on how an actual, consolidated illiberal democracy operates.