Last year one of the first news about the text of the new Constitution was about the extension of right to life to the fetus. The bill submitted to the Parliament is about the protection of the right to life of the fetus. The nontransparent framing process of the Constitution and the lack of real public debate make it impossible to have a clear view on this issue. On March 31 HCLU and Patent Association gave out a joint press release.
Seven civil society organizations, including HCLU, submitted an opinion on the latest version of the government decree regulating home births prepared by the Ministry of National Resources.
Declaration by non-governmental and scientific organizations relating to the open debate on European Union tenders for deinstitutionalization
Today, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg handed down a judgment in which it holds that the Hungarian state has violated the “right to respect for private life” guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights.
The Budapest Institute and the HCLU joined forces in preparing a proposal on the reform of issues concerning the people with intellectual disability. Even though there are still 15.000 people with intellectual disability and 8.000 people with mental disorders living in total institutions, Hungarian social policy did not even begin to work out action plans needed for the reform.
An agreement was reached between NGOs and the Hungarian Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour on a National Development Agency call for proposals. It was agreed that European Community funds can and must be used for the closure of long stay institutions and the establishment of family-scale housing. The goal is for disabled persons to become neighbors rather than anonymous residents in institutions.