Justice Prevails Over Discrimination by Hungarian Municipalities

The Supreme Court of Hungary has issued a judgment that local governments are not allowed to make decisions forcing certain groups to leave a municipality or creating difficulties for their settlement there.

The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union has fought against the discriminative regulation since the fall of 2014, calling the attention of the local government offices and the ombudsman to the violations. The court stated that discriminative treatment based on local governments' decisions to withdraw social benefits from some groups can never be legitimate. 

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