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US Report on Hungary’s Religious Freedom


The US State Department released a report on Hungary’s religious freedom, containing a mixed evaluation of the country’s state, reported news agency MTI this morning. The report states that while the Hungarian government’s respect for religious freedom showed improvements, there are some ares with negative developments.

One of the positives highlighted by the International Religious Freedom Report is the Prime Ministers’s declaration of zero tolerance towards anti-Semitism. Viktor Orbán stated that in a 2013 speech that he and the Hungarian government will not tolerate such behavior.

The report contained negative elements as well, one of which is the continuing attempts to restore the reputation of World War II figures linked to anti-Semitism, including the acquittal of the time’s society, which stirred great controversies in the past months.

The report summarized that Hungary’s constitution and laws generally protect religious freedom, although some restriction do afflict certain minority religious groups. The loss of official church status in 2011 had a significant impact on a number of institutions, adds the reports, some of which pursued charitable and ecumenical services. (MTI)

via HungaryMatters, photo public domain