In an interview for the Legal Dialogue, Márta Pardavi, co-chair of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, talks about the shrinking civil space in Hungary as a result of several factors: general government policy not to engage constructively with civil society and external expert organisations on matters of policy, and government officials discrediting independent civil society groups, which is enhanced by some media outlets.
|↑1||Viktor Orbán is leader of the national conservative Fidesz party that has the majority of seats in the Hungarian Parliament. He has been Prime Minister of Hungary twice: 1998-2002 and currently since 2010.|
|↑2||See also “Harry Hummel: The EU is built upon the assumption that all its members are grown-up democracies” by Anastasia Ovsyannikova in this issue of “Legal Dialogue”.|
|↑3||One of the recent examples of this kind of rhetoric — Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on The Kossuth Radio programme “180 minutes” from 26 August 2016 http://www.miniszterelnok.hu/interview-with-prime-minister-viktor-orban-on-the-kossuth-radio-programme-180-minutes-20160826/|
|↑4||“Fidesz condemns Helsinki Committee, George Soros over immigration”, Budapest Beacon, 22 May 2015, http://budapestbeacon.com/news-in-brief/fidesz-condemns-helsinki-committee-george-soros-over-immigration/23511|
|↑5||“Senior Fidesz official calls for investigation into NGOs supported by Soros”, Budapest Beacon, 27 September 2016, http://budapestbeacon.com/featured-articles/senior-fidesz-official-calls-for-investigation-into-ngos-supported-by-soros/39849|
|↑6||Jobbik, the Movement for a Better Hungary is a radical nationalist political party in Hungary. It is the third biggest party in the Parliament. It calls itself ‘a principled, conservative and radically patriotic Christian party’.|