Hungary's Church Law Modifications Are Unacceptable

The Ministry of Justice has published its planned modifications to the controversial Church Law.

After a year of work to settle controversial elements of the Hungarian Church Law, the Ministry of Justice has published its modifications.

The European Court of Human Rights stated in its judgment of last year that the Church Law was unlawful and the Hungarian state should pay billions of forints in compensation to the complainants.

Under the new modifications, the Church Law:

Therefore, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union calls on the government to not accept the present draft proposal and not submit it to the Parliament, but instead to respect freedom of conscience and religion, the equality of rights, the separation of state and church and the neutrality of the state.

The draft proposal it finally submits to the Parliament should unconditionally guarantee the fundamental rights defined in the decisions of the Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights.

HCLU is not alone with these concerns, which is clearly shown by a very similar opinion formed by the Forum for Religious Freedom Europe (FOREF) on the matter.

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