April 21st, 2017

NGOs say gov’t “transparency” bill aims to stigmatize them

Several non-governmental organisations spoke out against the government’s bill on the transparency of civil groups funded by foreign donors on Thursday, arguing that it was designed to stigmatise them. Representatives of Amnesty International Hungary, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, Transparency International Hungary, the Civil Liberties Union (TASZ) and Háttér said that the bill was unconstitutional and should be withdrawn. The civil groups spoke to the press after attending the meeting of a special working group set up by the government, where they had discussed the NGO transparency bill with government representatives.

Justice ministry state secretary Pál Völner claimed after the talks that it was “mainly the organisations supported by George Soros” that felt the transparency law would stigmatise them. He said he had failed to reach an agreement with “the organisations critical of the government” at the meeting. Völner said details as to exactly which organisations the law should apply to could be subject to further debate. He added that the primary purpose of the bill was to increase the transparency of organisations involved in politics that receive funding from abroad “and on certain issues, represent a position other than the domestic consensus … “

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  • The organisations supported by George Soros should file a complaint with the Democracy of All Democracies because the new Hungarian law is a watered-down version of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

    https://www.fara.gov/fara-faq.html#3

    • ViktorZorroban

      Hungarians should never forget that these Foreign Agents get their money from a Jewish Banker Crook, while the funds of CÖF fall like manna from Heaven because God Himself wants weekly Peace Marches to keep our Glorious Leader in power until 2135, Abraham-style.

      • Bowen

        Hungary and Russia shall never be colonies!

    • Hungarian

      Leto the liar at it again.

      1) The US law only requires registration for groups supported by foreign governments not private citizens as does the Hungarian law.

      2) The US law does not require “”labeling” on all communications that an organization is a registered foreign agent.

      • 1/

        https://www.fara.gov/fara-faq.html#3

        Q: Are foreign governments the only foreign principals?

        A: No. The term also includes foreign political parties, a person or organization outside the United States, except U.S. citizens, and any entity organized under the laws of a foreign country or having its principal place of business in a foreign country.

        2/ How does the Act work?

        ..
        2. The Act also requires that informational materials (formerly propaganda) be labeled with a conspicuous statement that the information is disseminated by the agents on behalf of the foreign principal. The agent must provide copies of such materials to the Attorney General.

        • CG Walkman

          So, Hungary’s best approach for the way forward is to emulate another country’s legacy laws from almost 80 years ago. That’s idiotic.

          • wolfi

            And back to reality:

            Areas of Activity for NGOs in the United States

            Approximately 1.5 million NGOs operate in the United States. These NGOs undertake a wide array of activities, including political advocacy on issues such as foreign policy, elections, the environment, healthcare, women’s rights, economic development, and many other issues.
            They often develop and address new approaches to social and economic problems that governments cannot address alone. Many NGOs in the United States operate in fields that are not related to politics. These include volunteer organizations rooted in shared religious faith, labor unions, groups that help vulnerable people, such as the poor or disabled, and groups that seek to empower youth or marginalized populations. Indeed, NGOs exist to represent virtually every cause imaginable. Their sources
            of finance include donations from private individuals (American or foreign), private sector for-profit companies, philanthropic foundations, or grants from federal, state, or local government. Sources of finance may also include foreign governments. There is no prohibition in U.S. law on foreign funding of NGOs; whether that foreign funding comes from governments or non-government sources.

            https://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/fs/2017/266904.htm

          • Hungarian

            Leto is a damn liar or a stupid tool.

          • Winston

            It is getting harder for those Orbán-Mafia-Defenders like Leto, to find reasons.
            They sound more and more ridiculous and helpless.

          • wolfi

            Why “or”?
            Of course in mathematics we use the “inclusive or” …

          • CG Walkman

            Exactly, there are literally thousands of NGOs, many of which have no political motives, but the Hungarian paranoia and xenophobia kicks in once again.

          • Yup, that’s the best thing since sliced bread. After all the USA is said to be the epitome of democracy.

          • CG Walkman

            What you’re really saying is that Hungarians are only now getting familiar with sliced bread. From my experience here, it sounds about right, although the primitiveness seems localized to Fidesz.

        • Hungarian

          You are a an idiot. The Audubon society can get money from foreign citizen and it is not required to register. But, if Ligetvedok got money in such a matter under the Hungarian law they would have to register. Nice try commie.

          No where on the communications of hundreds of US NGO’s who get support form foreign private citizens is there any indication that they are foreign agents. Why? Because under US law they are not required to register.

          TAZS is a Hungarian organization and it should not be made to label itself as a foreign agent if it gets money from foreign private citizens. This what they do in Russia you hazaáruló.

    • Nope, Hungary is still in the EU and should follow its rules.
      If Fidesz thinks Hungary should move to North-America, it should commit a HUXIT…

    • National Hiphop

      Welcome back, you bitch of a bitch. Farewell, freakin twat.

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