Reaction to the visit of the President of Hungary János Áder to Croatia

Zagreb, 12. 04. 2017.

Reaction to the visit of the President of Hungary János Áder to Croatia:

Croatian President and the Prime Minister must unequivocally condemn human rights violations in Hungary

Human Rights House Zagreb and the Croatian Platform for International Citizen Solidarity (CROSOL) appeal to the President and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia to unambiguously express their concern over continuous and widespread human rights violations in Hungary during today's meeting with the President of Hungary János Áder.

Hungarian President János Áder has co-signed a series of laws proposed by the Hungarian government and adopted by the Parliament without any reservations, which resulted in numerous violations of human rights in Hungary. Just last week, the President signed a law which de facto prohibits the work of one of the most prestigious European universities (Central European University), and prior to this laws were violating the human rights of refugees were adopted. President Ader has never condemned Orban's unlawful actions directed against some civil society organisations in Hungary, or against free and independent Hunagrian media.

The vast majority of EU member states are appalled by the attacks of the Hungarian Government and Hungarian President against the freedom of speech, freedom of expression and press freedoms, as well as by the Hungarian government's treatment of refugees. This concern is shared by the citizens of Hungary. Last week, 80,000 inhabitants of Budapest took to the streets to oppose the repressive policies of their Government.

As a member of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations, Croatia has a responsibility to actively advocate for the protection of human rights in all UN member states. Therefore, we expect that in today's talks with the President of Hungary, President Grabar-Kitarović and Prime Minister Plenković unequivocally condemn the systemic violation of human rights in Hungary. We also expect the Croatian President and the Prime Minister to transparently inform Croatian public about their actions to address this issue. 

 

On behalf of the Human Rights House Zagreb, Ivan Novosel, Program Director

On behalf of the Croatian Platform for International Citizen Solidarity- CROSOL, Branka Juran, Platform Co-ordinator