Amnesty International’s 2012 human rights report chapter on Hungary presents a clearly distorted and biased image of Hungary, the ruling Fidesz party said on Thursday.
AI said Hungary’s basic law is discriminative, the Roma are intimidated by far right groups and the media beholden to political influence, among other concerns.
Fidesz rejected the report “in the name of the Hungarian people”.
“We have once again awoken to find that baseless and false statements made in an attempt to put pressure on Hungary; following the communist Tavares report now there’s this report by Amnesty International,” Fidesz spokesman Peter Hoppal told a press conference.
Amnesty already backed the “Bajnai Guard” when it encouraged young people to “smash and destroy” the Fidesz headquarters, Hoppal said, referring to former prime minister Gordon Bajnai, who leads the opposition E-14-PM alliance, and an incident earlier in the year which Bajnai said was unconnected with his organisation.
The AI report “plays the left-wing’s tune” when it says the Roma in Hungary are persecuted in the form of violent acts, the spokesman said. These acts actually took place in 2008 and 2009, during the governments of (former prime minister) Ferenc Gyurcsany and Gordon Bajnai and the perpetrators are now standing trial, he added.
The report “forgets” to mention that the Hungarian government initiated a European Roma strategy and the Hungarian parliament was the first in Europe to pass a national Roma strategy.
Commenting on the media law, Hoppal said time has proved Hungary right and all disputes have been settled, which means “we have a media law with the stamp of the European Union on it.”
He declined to comment on criticism in the report about the new Hungarian constitution which defines the notion of marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
Hoppal said there was nothing new in “Hungary being subjected to baseless accusations”. Various reports are being used to “discredit the Hungarian people”, he added.
Socialist leader Attila Mesterhazy is also trying to exert pressure on Hungary from beyond the borders and Bajnai is getting financial support from abroad, he said.
He said, however, that the Hungarian people are getting fed up with the left wing using foreigners to pressurise Hungary.
“We won’t let ourselves be colonised … We won’t let them deny the Hungarian people’s achievements,” he said.