24 September 2018 – 13H37
Soros challenges Hungary laws at European rights court
The foundation run by US billionaire George Soros said Monday that it has filed a legal challenge with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg against Hungary’s controversial “Stop Soros” laws adopted last June.
he “Stop Soros” package targetting the Hungarian-born 88-year-old includes a 25-percent tax on non-governmental organisations (NGOs) deemed to be supporting or positively portraying migration.
A year’s prison term could also be handed to those convicted of assisting someone to enter the country illegally.
According to OSF lawyer Daniela Ikawa, the measures breach EU conventions on freedom of speech and association, and expose “a broad range of legitimate activities to the risk of criminal prosecution”.
The foundation moved a regional office from Budapest to Berlin last month citing what it called the “repressive” policies of nationalist firebrand Prime Minister Viktor Orban.