Update by the HHC on the execution of the European Court of Human Rights’ judgment in the Varga and Others v. Hungary case
The European Court of Human Rights established in 2015 that overcrowding in penitentiaries in Hungary constitutes a structural problem. The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe examines the Varga and Others v. Hungary under the enhanced procedure.
Discrimination against Roma people in the Hungarian Criminal Justice System
The Hungarian Helsinki Committee contributed to the project “Fighting unconscious bias and discrimination of Roma people in the criminal justice system”, which started in 2018, as a partner. The transnational project was coordinated by the Fair Trials and was funded by the European Union.
Preventing and sanctioning police ill-treatment in Hungary: systemic deficiencies and the way forward
In our new policy brief, we discuss the key systemic deficiencies that the Hungarian authorities should address in order to prevent, investigate and sanction police ill-treatment adequately and more effectively – and in order to execute the ECtHR’s related judgments.
Information update on overcrowding and prison conditions
Information update by the HHC on the execution of the European Court of Human Rights' judgment in the Varga and Others v. Hungary case
The Hungarian assembly law needs stronger guarantees
The Hungarian state failed to remedy the legislative deficiencies that have led to the breach of the right to peaceful assembly on several occasions in the past.
Research paper on the new Hungarian assembly law as applied in practice
The new Hungarian assembly law, adopted in 2018, provides an opportunity for the police to impose undue restrictions on the right to peaceful assembly. Although courts seek to preserve the level of judicial protection of this fundamental right, in several cases, administrative requirements deprive organisers from the possibility of substantive judicial review.
New changes in the Hungarian criminal procedure due to COVID-19
Information note by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee on the rules applicable as of 1 June 2020
Communication to the Committee of Ministers on prison overcrowding pilot judgment
The HHC submitted a communication to the Committee of Ministers on the execution of a 2015 pilot judgment on inadequate detention conditions in Hungarian prisons and the related compensation system. The HHC is of the view that the Hungarian Government should be under strict scrutiny while carrying out its announced review of the system of compensations for prison overcrowding.
European Court of Human Rights judgments on police ill-treatment remain not executed
In its communication submitted to the Committee of Ministers, the HHC warns that Hungary has been failing to address systemic deficiencies with regard to handling ill-treatment by the police, and so has been failing to execute the respective judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.
On 15th October, the government shifts to high gear in the persecution of vulnerable groups
The Punitive State: if you can’t solve it, ban it!