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Government urged by Hungarian Civil Liberties Union to end stigmatization of migrants

In Hungary

The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union and four other non-governmental organizations have released a joint statement urging the Hungarian government "to immediately put an end to the rhetoric stigmatizing refugees, take a clear stand against any manifestations potentially raising hatred, secure respect for the human rights of refugees coming to Hungary and guarantee their security..."

The statement explained that the waves of migrants are displaced people fleeing war zones and that many NGOs and private citizens feel an obligation to help them, but while they merely feel obligated, the statement said it is the governmentʼs responsibility to protect human rights and guarantee migrantsʼ security.

It goes on to say that the government could play a major role in the civil sector but instead resorts to hate speech, which goes against constitutional values and principles of law enforcement.

The statement then lists violent incidents against migrants inflicted by domestic extremists, which the statement says may have been due to exposure to the governmentʼs anti-refugee policy.

In an unrelated press conference, deputy head of Fideszʼs parliamentary group, Gergely Gulyás said he appreciates the work of civil groups and churches in helping the migrants, but that the stateʼs role is to prevent illegal entry into Hungary.

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