Hungarian Civil Liberties Union

The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union is a human rights NGO. Since our foundation in 1994, we have been working for everybody being informed about their fundamental human rights and empowered to enforce it against the undue interference by those in position of public power.

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HCLU’s Boycott: The Unlawful NGO Act is Bound to Fail

The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) denounces the unlawful NGO Act, even in its final version. According to the watchdog organization, the bill should not have been adopted at all, as it violates fundamental rights. The organization believes that the most effective way of acting against the unlawful provisions is  not to abide the law the. They underline that, given their economic management is already fully transparent, this would not violate anyone’s rights or the demand of transparency.

HCLU unpaid internship

HCLU welcomes interns from time to time, who can gain professional experience at one of the most active Hungarian human rights NGO. Besides assisting with the work of HCLU, the interns can broaden the circle of those committed to human rights.

On the Transparency of Civil Society Organisations

It has been alleged multiple times in recent years that civil society organisations operate in a non-transparent fashion, and do not reveal the sources of their funding. It therefore makes sense to clear up any confusion: this document outlines the current regulations regarding transparency and reporting requirements for civil society organisations. If the goal is actually to increase transparency, this paper will also explain how this can be achieved without increasing reporting tasks which are already quite time-consuming. We will also try to find the reason why organisations established by groups of citizens should, in the first place, be held to the same principles as those applying to the state.

Analysis on how Hungary's draft NGO law would violate EU law

The Civil Liberties Union for Europe, the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL), the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union jointly developed a legal analysis of Hungary's proposed law targeting independent civil society organisations.

We are staying! HCLU will not be silenced!

The Hungarian parliament is to adapt a law based on the Russian and Israeli model, which aims to accuse and stigmatise NGOs operating independently from the Hungarian government, alleging that they represent foreign interests. The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) – as one of the targets of the proposed legalisation -, a legal aid organisation working on ensuring political rights and freedoms  - wishes to communicate the following to the public.