Budapest, May 18: European Parliament has voted on a resolution that demands action against Hungary, a member State, amid deep concerns about the deterioration in human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The resolution, backed by 393 deputies to 221 against, sends a strong signal to Hungary that its actions are being closely monitored.
The Parliament said in a statement, “Recent developments in Hungary have led to a serious deterioration in the rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights which is testing the EU’s ability to defend its founding values.”
Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban has eliminated checks on his power by taking control over the Hungary’s news media, curbing the constitutional courts’ powers and placing loyalist on top positions. The resolution specifically talks about the right of expression, academic freedom, rights of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees as well as the right to peaceful gatherings.
It also demands creation of a procedure to examine whether the laws are in "serious breach of EU values".
While, Hungary’s ruling party Fidesz said, “It’s a shame that Hungarian leftist MPs also voted for the resolution.” Fidesz was the target of heavy criticism in Europe because of a law that threatens to close the reputed Central European Universities in Budapest that was founded by Soros and is considered one of the country’s leading universities.