Hungary

Telecoms should serve society, not just corporations

Information technology should focus less on business and more on civil society, according to one media guru, speaking at the UN’s major telecoms conference this week.

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European proposal to relocate extra 120,000 refugees welcomed

A new proposal by the European Commission to relocate thousands of refugees crossing into Europe has been welcomed by the United Nations.

The EC’s plan is to relocate an additional 120,000 people seeking asylum in Greece, Italy and Hungary to other European nations.

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Charity is not only about the rich giving to the poor

Charity is not only about the rich giving to the poor, but also about “everyday” people helping each other out.

That’s according to Eva Schafer, a human rights and social development officer at the Hungarian Mission to the UN.

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Hungary must revoke amendment threatening judicial independence – UN rights chief

The top United Nations human rights official today urged the Hungarian Government to revoke a constitutional amendment that threatens the judiciary’s independence and endangers the country’s system of checks and balances.

Hungary must retract law that makes homelessness a crime – UN experts

Two United Nations independent experts today urged the Hungarian Government to retract a recently passed amendment that criminalizes homelessness, stressing this will result in discrimination against those without shelter.

UN experts urge Hungary to reverse law criminalizing homelessness

Recent legislation in Hungary outlawing homelessness risks having a discriminatory impact on those living in poverty, two United Nations independent experts warned today as they urged the authorities there to adopt a national housing strategy.

UN expert welcomes Hungary’s commitment to address impact of industrial pollution

A United Nations independent expert today welcomed Hungary’s commitment to address the environmental impact of the industrial accident that occurred at the Ajka aluminium plant in 2010, and called for greater efforts to make polluting companies more accountable.

Ban encourages Hungary to address concerns over constitution and media laws

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended Hungary on its ‘remarkable’ transformation from communism to democracy over the past 20 years, while also voicing hope that the Government will address concerns raised about its new constitution and media laws.

Hungary: UN expert says Roma suffer from economic transition, racial discrimination

Hungary has taken significant steps to address the problems faced by its minorities, particularly the Roma, but the country's economic transition as well as racial discrimination continue to place them at a disadvantage compared to the majority, an independent United Nations expert said today.