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Thursday, 14 May 2020 - Brussels Provisional edition

Emergency Legislation in Hungary and its impact on the Rule of Law and fundamental rights (continuation of debate)

  Clara Ponsatí Obiols (NI). – Mr President, Mr Orbán’s violations of human rights and freedoms are not a new thing. The EU has looked the other way for too long. What we see in Hungary is alarming, yes, and action is urgent, but please do look beyond Hungary.

In Spain, Mr Sánchez’ government is also using COVID—19 to enact new authoritarian policies. The police are instructed to search for negative messages that may also be punished with five years of prison, exactly like in Hungary. They are wiretapping without judicial controls and Mr Sánchez is still ignoring the advice of the United Nations and Amnesty International and political prisoners have not been released in spite of instructions by these bodies. Double standards must end in the EU. Both Hungary and Spain need to be accountable for their violations of Article 2.

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