Hungarian NGO Law Cracks Down on Civil Society and Inches Closer to Authoritarianism

Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today condemned the Hungarian parliament’s passage of a law that will stigmatize and severely restrict the ability of nongovernmental organizations to operate. Passed under the pretense of increasing transparency and combating the funding of terrorism, the new law is widely seen as another step in Prime Minister Orban’s self-declared effort to erode the rule of law and silence critics of the Hungarian government.

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Senators Brown, Casey Introduce Bill to Designate Human Trafficking Coordinators

Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today welcomed the introduction of a bill to require the Attorney General to designate Human Trafficking Coordinators for Federal judicial districts in the Senate. The bill, introduced by Senators Brown (D-OH) and Casey (D-PA), strengthens the U.S. government’s approach to combating trafficking by designating a human trafficking prosecutor in every judicial district across the United States.

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Trump Administration and Congress Urged to Protect Academic Freedom and Oppose Hungary’s Attempt to Close U.S.-Accredited Central European University

Washington, D.C.—Following its hosting of a delegation of administrators and students from Central European University (CEU), Human Rights First today urged the Trump Administration and Congress to protect academic freedom and oppose the government of Hungary’s attempt to shutter the university. 

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President’s Budget Request Would Harm Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Washington, D.C.— Human Rights First today called on Congress to reject President Trump’s budget proposals that target refugees and asylum seekers. The president’s proposed budget that was submitted to Congress today would support a decrease in overall refugee admissions, major cuts to refugee assistance, and a dramatic increase in funding for border agents, immigration detention, deportation, and the construction of a wall on the Southern border.

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