April 8th, 2014

Hungary church law violates small church rights, says Strasbourg court

Hungary’s new Church Act violated the rights of religious communities when it stripped them of their church status, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday.

Religious communities’ loss of full church status breached their rights to freedom of assembly and association and their rights to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, a statement said.

“The Court found in particular that the Hungarian Government had not shown that there were not any other, less drastic solutions to problems relating to abuse of State subsidies by certain churches than to de-register the applicant communities,” the court said.

“Furthermore, it was inconsistent with the State’s duty of neutrality in religious matters that religious groups had to apply to Parliament to obtain reregistration as churches and that they were treated differently from incorporated churches with regard to material benefits without any objective grounds,” it added.

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  • Hungarian

    Don’t get money from the government if you do not want a government oversight over the misuse of funds….

    • MagyarViking

      But how would then the Catholics survive….

      • Hungarian

        Ask Gyurcsany Ferengi.
        He suggested to scrap all support for them.

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