Hungarian Helsinki Committee receives the Human Rights Award of the PRO ASYL Foundation 2018
Today, the PRO ASYL Foundation honored the work of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC), awarding its co-chairs Márta Pardavi and András Kádár the Human Rights Award 2018. The ceremony with more than 180 guests took place at the »Haus am Dom« in Frankfurt. The HHC is one of the most important civil rights organizations in Hungary advocating human and refugees’ rights and upholding the rule of law.
The Human Rights Award of the PRO ASYL foundation is of great importance in the wake of the upcoming debate in the European Parliament about the implementation of the core values of the European Union. On the 11th and 12th of September, Members of the EP will debate on whether to take action and vote yes to prompt EU action against Hungary according to the Article 7 of the European Treaties.
In her acceptance speech, Márta Pardavi addressed the Members of the European Parliament: »This is one of the last chances for the European Union to stand up for its core values. In Hungary, we find ourselves in a situation in which the rule of law ends and arbitrary autocracy begins. Please vote “yes” on September 12th.«
»The Hungarian government politicizes the work of the Constitutional Court, curtails its powers and increasingly undermines the independence of the judiciary and the press. Tightened laws have been created to restrict the space for civil society activism and attack the social spirit«,the Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid, Dr. Bärber Kofler stated. »Standing up for the rights of refugees and the protection of the rule of law in such a fraught atmosphere is something which deserves our utmost respect«, said Kofler.
Despite the increasing threat and the attempts of the Hungarian government to criminalize organisations for civil rights, the HHC stands strong. For instance, as a result of the intervention of the HHC, all asylum seekers in the transit zones are receiving food again. The HHC had to request interim measures from the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on a case-by-case basis for two weeks to ensure that authorities provide food to detained asylum seekers whose claims were found inadmissible. In all cases the ECtHR granted the requests and ordered the Hungarian government to provide food to the eight affected persons.
The chair of PRO ASYL, Andeas Lipsch, called the European Parliament to take action against the Orban: »Any cozying up will threaten the entire European community and the values it stands for. A member stat that violates the core of European human rights, declares civil protagonists enemies and intimidates the opposition, must be sanctioned with the loss of its right to vote.«
With the annual Human Rights Award, the PRO ASYL Foundation encourages and honors public figures who have been prominent in defending human rights and protecting refugees.
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