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10th May, 2018

Foreign professors stand up against Stop Soros

A total of 77 foreign university professors and academics released a statement on Wednesday to express solidarity with the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and independent Hungarian civil society in relationship with the Stop Soros legislative package that the Parliament is set to pass soon, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee said.

Hungarian civil society is facing a direct threat that affects its mere existence as the Stop Soros legislative package will make it possible for the government to simply ban the activity of organisations that assist refugees and immigrants, they said.

“Strong and independent civil society organisations are as essential for democracy and the rule of law as strong and independent universities. If NGOs such as the Hungarian Helsinki Committee are threatened, democracy is threatened,” the statement reads.

Those who signed the document have called on their respective governments, universities and the EU to take action without delay to prevent this human rights violation.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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