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MEPs lead EU challenge to Hungarian democratic threat

February 16, 2012 10:16 AM

Liberal Democrat European justice & human rights spokeswoman and London MEP Sarah Ludford has welcomed the adoption by the European Parliament today of a resolution condemning the controversial new Hungarian constitution.

Sarah Ludford commented:

"The European Commission and Hungary's fellow EU governments have been slow to act on the blatant erosion of civil liberties in Hungary taking place under Viktor Orban and his right-wing ruling party. They have twiddled their thumbs as Orban misused a two-thirds parliamentary majority in parliament to restrict dissenting journalism, suborn independent bodies and entrench discrimination and party hegemony through a highly partisan constitution."

"This European Parliament vote has confirmed the determination by a majority of MEPs to fight violations by Member State governments of common European values of freedom and democracy and the corresponding commitments laid down in EU treaties. We will call the European Commission to account for its enforcement of those commitments."

Notes to Editors

You can see the resolution here: