The radical nationalist Jobbik party has lost its appeal at the European Court of Human Rights, challenging a decision made by the Hungarian authorities several years ago to disband its uniformed wing, the Hungarian Guard.
The Strasbourg-based court said on Tuesday that the act of disbanding the Hungarian Guard Association was the only effective method available to the authorities of putting an end to its menacing actions.
The court also said the Hungarian Guard Movement, which claims to fall outside the ban on the ground that it is a movement rather than an organisation, was linked to the banned Hungarian Guard Association and its actions could incite fear. Marches organised by the Hungarian Guard Movement could be considered the first steps towards implementing an “essentially racist” legal system, the court added.
Jobbik said the Stasbourg court had passed a “outrageous” ruling that “is barely on nodding terms with reality and the opinion of the vast majority of the public.”
Tamas Gaudi-Nagy said in a statement that Jobbik rejects the assumption that the Hungarian Guard’s actions were directed towards an “essentially racist” legal system, and the party would appeal against the decision at the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.