Freedom House calls for withdrawal of Hungary’s new church law
Thursday, 18 August 2011 14:58
Washington-based lobby group Freedom House has called on the Hungarian government to withdraw the country’s recent church law, the international human rights watchdog said on its website on last Thursday.
The organisation criticised the law for restricting the officially recognised churches in Hungary to 14 religious communities. Director of Advocacy Paula Schreifer called the legislation discriminative and incompatible with the principles of a liberal democracy.Even before the law was passed on July 12, Freedom House had written to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, asking her to convey American concerns about the draft.Under the new law, communities other than the officially recognised 14 will need approval by two thirds of Parliament to be registered as a church or religious congregation.Source: MTI