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15 May 2017

Mr. Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders; and Mr. David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection the right to freedom of opinion and expression

UN rights experts urge Hungary to withdraw Bill on foreign funding to NGOs

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Two United Nations human rights experts* today urged the Hungarian government to withdraw their recently proposed Bill on the Transparency of Organizations Financed from Abroad (T/14967). The Bill, if adopted into law, would severely curtail the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly and association in Hungary. Under the provisions of the proposed Bill, non-governmental organizations that receive more than 24,000 EUR annually from a foreign source would need to register with the court as a 'foreign-supported organization'; report annually on the names, countries and cities of foreign supporters and label themselves as 'foreign-supported organization' on their website and publications.