The Polish Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, a Liberties member, wrote this open letter to Polish President Andrzej Duda calling on him to veto new bills that would severely harm the independence of the country's judiciary.
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.
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.
The draft law on the Supreme Court in Poland is an attempt to introduce an unconstitutional change to the system of the state, the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights and the Helsinki Committee in Poland warn.
Liberties and Hungarian NGOs welcome the Commission's decision to launch infringement proceedings against Hungary, but we renew our call for a structural review of the retrogressive reforms that have taken place in Hungary since 2010.
Here is our letter, co-signed by the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, to European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans urging the EC to act to protect NGOs and the rule of law in Hungary.