MEPs want EU to watch out for rights abuses in Hungary

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Hungary should be monitored for abuses of human rights and the rule of law, MEPs said in a motion passed on yesterday, Euronews reported. They said the European Commission should “immediately initiate an in-depth monitoring process” in Hungary and to report back before September..

The non-binding resolution passed 362 votes to 247, with 88 abstentions, but it reflects a growing agitation amongst some lawmakers over Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s leadership. Orbán recently floated the idea of debating whether Hungary should bring back the death penalty; capital punishment was abolished in the country after the fall of communism more than two decades ago.

His Fidesz party is a member of the center-right EPP Group in the European Parliament, which has so far refused to condemn the Hungarian governments. The Council of Europe, a non-EU body that monitors human rights on the continent, said on Tuesday that Hungary should do more to crack down on racism.

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