Hungary has recently been harshly and often unfairly criticised, the president of the American Hungarian Federation (AHF) said on Monday, in a letter briefing the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs ahead of its delegation’s visit to Hungary this week.
Frank Koszorus said in the letter that the AHF believes that much of the criticism Hungary has received was ether politically motivated or “not evenhanded or based on facts but on generalisations and speculation”. He cited a new law on religions, which has been criticised as being too restrictive, as an example.
He said parts of the law had been annulled by Hungary’s Constitutional Court last December. Lawmakers are set to extend the law to officially recognise additional religions to the original 14, which incidentally is the same as the number of official religions recognised in neighbouring Austria, Koszorus added.
The AHF, which has supported constitutional democracy and a rule of law in Hungary over the past few decades, asked Dan Burton, the head of the delegation and of the European subcommittee of the US House Committee, to consider the federation’s testimony on these issues before its pending visit to Hungary.