European court rules against Hungary in free expression NGO human rights dispute

The case concerned the authorities’ refusal to provide an NGO with information relating to the work of ex officio defence counsel, as the authorities had classified that information as personal data that was not subject to disclosure under Hungarian law.

Hungary: Anti-torture committee critical of treatment and conditions of migrants and refugees

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) established that the majority of detained foreign nationals interviewed stated that they had been treated correctly by police and prison officers or armed guards. But its report also reveals that a “considerable number” of foreign nationals complained of ill treatment by police and discovered wanting conditions in some detention centres.

Hungary: New legislation reviewing whole life sentences incompatible with human rights convention

The case concerned new legislation introduced in Hungary in 2015 for reviewing whole life sentences. The legislation was introduced in order to comply with an European court judgment of 2014 in which the court found that the system for reviewing whole life sentences in Hungary should be reformed.

Hungary: Nils Muižnieks raises alarm over government’s treament of migrants

Muižnieks lists “worrying developments” in the country, which he claims “come amid a campaign to demonize refugees, that has been orchestrated by the government since 2015.

Hungary: Experts raise alarm over authorities’ promotion of “benevolent segregation” of Roma school children

“Alarmingly, discrimination of Roma children has deepened, in particular as a result of the approach of “benevolent segregation” promoted by the authorities by which Roma children are expected to ‘catch up’ in separate Roma classes before their supposed inclusion in the mainstream education,” states a report published today by the Council of Europe’s Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.