After Fidesz’ overwhelming electoral victory in April 2018, many observers believed Prime Minister Orbán would curb his voracious appetite for turning Hungary into an illiberal state. These expectations were grievously miscalculated.
An illiberal state is nearing completion in Hungary. Hungary remains part of the European Union (EU), but its actions contradict the core values of the EU. Although constitutional institutions do exist, they no longer act as checks and balances on executive power. Instead they merely facilitate its operation. Over the past years, legal reforms have weakened independent institutions and independent media, universities, human rights and civil society organizations have been under attack. Backed by its parliamentary supermajority, the government has turned to dismantling the last remaining and independent defenders of pluralism and of the rule of law by enacting new constitutional reforms and laws. Again independent institutions and voices are the first targets of this renewed attack.
We are at the moment when rule of law ends and arbitrary rule begins
In the last months, the Hungarian government has breached several EU rules, namely:
- New laws jeopardise independent courts
- Propaganda campaigns intimidate civil society and curb public dissent
- New laws starve and strangle civil society
- Media pluralism is rapidly shrinking
- Academic and scientific freedoms are under threat
- Asylum: final step in denying access to protection – denial of food
- Criminalisation of homelessness
Call upon your MEPs to #VoteYes4 Hungary
For all the reasons mentioned above and explained in details here, it is time for citizens from all over Europe to claim the right for Hungarian citizens to fundamental freedoms as guaranteed by EU Treaties. In solidarity with Hungary, we call upon all citizens to fill in the form and call upon their national MEPs to back the Report which will be voted next week in the European Parliament (on 12 September). Hence, the Parliament would call for the Council to activate Article 7(1) against the Hungarian government. It is the only tool to prevent the authoritarian shift in the country and stop increasing attacks on fundamental freedoms.
MEPs, it is time to take your responsibilities and defend the rights of citizens you represent across the EU. Together, we #VoteYes4Hungary