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Police officers convicted for participating in ill-treatment

During the riots in the autumn of 2006, X. Y. was ill-treated by police officers while being escorted to a police van after his apprehension. The case was witnessed by fellow police officers, who were charged in a supplementary private prosecution procedure (in which the prosecution was represented by HHC’s lawyer) for not intervening and not informing their superior about the case.

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Representing opposition party protesters

On 23 December 2011, MPs and activists of the opposition party Politics Can be Different (Lehet Más a Politika, LMP) formed a human chain around the Parliament, chaining themselves to objects at the entrance of the building in protest against Government Bills in their view threatening democracy, due to be voted on that day.

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Pre-trial detention case before the European Court of Human Rights

In July 2012 the HHC submitted an application to the European Court of Human Rights in a case of a 50-year old truck driver with clear criminal record. In 2011 the driver was assigned to carry some goods from a place to another by truck. The goods were transported and the route of the truck was registered as required by the law. However, the goods disappeared from the depot and the police started an investigation into case.

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Damages for heavy sedation in detention

The HHC’s client was transferred two times to the Judicial and Observation Psychiatric Institute (IMEI) while being in pre-trial detention, since in the respective penitentiary institution’s view he was dangerous to himself. In the IMEI, he was not examined properly, but was instantly provided with a large amount of extremely strong, out-of-date anti-psychotic medicines instead, thus was heavily sedated.

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Practice of racial profiling against the Roma community is acknowledged by the Police

The notary of the village Rimóc (Northern Hungary) noticed that petty offence fines for lack of mandatory accessories for bicycles (ring, headlights, reflector prisms) are almost exclusively imposed on Roma people in the area, although the bicycles used by the non-Roma are not significantly better equipped. He notified the Authority and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC).

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Comments on draft new Criminal Code

The HHC's 28-page long comments on the draft Criminal Code, published in February 2012. Criminal statistics do not warrant increasingly harsh penal policies planned by the government. Legal institutions that breacht the Fundamental Law and international law (e.g. three strikes law, life-long imprisonment without parole) remained in the draft, and it also contains disproportionate sanctions.

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Absurd charges against opposition MPs after today’s protest

Criminal charges on account of violation of personal liberty against protesting MPs and activist of LMP run counter to human logic, since no one's freedom of movement has been violated and anyone could access the Parliament building. The Hungarian Helsinki Committee is offering free legal assistance to activists detained by the police.

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