European Leadership Conference: Declaration on Religious Freedom in Hungary

13 12 2011

Attendees of European Leadership Conference organized by Universal Peace Federation on December 8-10 in UK Parliament, condemned newly enacted Hungarian law on churches. 

After the report on religious freedom situation in Hungary submitted by Jura Nanuk, Founder & President of Central-European Religious Freedom Institute and Deputy President of Media & PR Committee of Croatian Religious Liberty Association, attendees signed a joint statement which was forwarded to Hungarian Ambassador in UK, Hungarian Constitutional Court, President Pál Schmitt, Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Minister Tibor Navracics, religious leaders and national news agency MTI.

Below is the text of Declaration in full:

DECLARATION ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
IN HUNGARY

We, the attendees of the European Leaders Conference organized by the Universal Peace Federation, 8-10 December 2011, held in the Houses of Parliament London, wish to make our voices heard and our concerns expressed with regards to the Hungarian Act 100 of 2011 on the Right to Freedom of Conscience and Religion and on the Status of Churches, Religions and

 

Religious Communities that restricts religious freedom in that country.

This legislation, which we consider to be a violation of the Constitution of Hungary and of fundamental human rights, now subjects more than 200 religions to an arbitrary and biased registration procedure after stripping them of their religious rights.

Each of these groups is now forced to undergo an highly arbitrary procedure should they wish to register as a religion which not only places a series of unfair administrative blocks in the way but includes, as a final obstacle, the condition of being voted upon by the Hungarian Parliament and only by gaining a two thirds majority, would that group be accepted as a Church. If not accepted, they cannot use the word ‘Church’ in their name.

Never before, except in totalitarian states, has the status of religion been subject to such a vote by legislators. Such procedures could hardly be further away from international human rights standards and academically accepted determinations of what may constitute a religion.

This deregistration process will affect the activities of many religious organisations and is in breach of democratic standards separating Church and State. The withdrawal of religious status will affect the support by religious groups to different communities and activities, including the homeless, the elderly, the poor, prisoners and children. It will affect amongst other things educational support, the provision of shelter and assistance to those disadvantaged in society as these religious communities will no longer have the proper legal framework from which to operate.

 

We hereby call for this legislation to be repealed and urge any concerned individuals and bodies to take action in support of religious freedom.

Jura Nanuk
Croatian Religious Liberty Association
Central-European Religious Freedom Institute

 

Peter Zoehrer
Forum for Religious Freedom – Europe

Willy Fautre
Human Rights Without Frontiers International

Yong Cheol Song
Family Federation for World Peace and Unification

prof. Rita Ilisson
TallinnUniversity

Ingo Dammann
Jugend für Menshenrechte Berlin

Rev. Dr. Isaac Nsereko
Ministry of Education and Sports,Uganda

Jean-Fransois Moulinet
Fédération pour la paix universelle,France

Dr. Nnamdi Ahunanya
Universal Peace Federation,Malta

Mr. A.F. Herzer
Universal Peace Federation,UK

Tamara Mhura
Women’s Federation for World Peace

David Hanna

Lic Fabian Lopez

Robin Marsh

Farida Hashem

R.K. Williamson  

Raman Bulsara

Smita Najran

Patricia Earle

Maria Cristina N. Pessego

Yasmin Fayal

Margaret O’Brian

Beverley Regis

 

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5 responses

13 12 2011
laszlo volgyesi

Thank you so much for fighting for freedom and human rights for everybody in Europe.

13 12 2011
Jura Nanuk

Dear Laszlo, you are very welcome

13 12 2011
Istvan Kulcsar

get up, stand up! thank you really much, you are great! fantastic!

14 12 2011
Nandi

Concise and to the point! Bravo Jura!

14 12 2011
james init

thank you so much for fighting for ordinary people. hungary is a country of concern for human right abuses religious and racial descrimination and most countries within the european union dont realize it because of the government policies. please investigate more on human right and religious in hungary

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