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Amnesty slams Hungary’s anti-refugee bill

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This file photo taken on June 25, 2015 shows asylum-seekers waiting to board a bus at their temporary Hungarian home of Roszke border village at the Hungarian-Serbian border to transport them to a new refugee camp. (Photo by AFP)

Human rights group Amnesty International has slammed Hungary's new anti-refugee bill, saying it would allow the government to target any non-governmental organization working with migrants if it becomes law.

Amnesty said Wednesday that the bill could suspend, disband and fine NGOs working on migration, calling it as a "deeply disturbing and unjustified assault on civil society."

The new bill, to be submitted soon to parliament, would target civic groups which organize, support or finance migration. Under the proposed measures, such groups would need permission from the interior minister for their activities.

Amnesty's Europe director Gauri van Gulik said "these proposals have nothing to do with protecting national security or borders, and everything (to do) with muzzling those who work to assist people in need and dare to raise their voices."

(Source: AP)


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