Situation in Hungary: PACE sees outstanding issues to resolve but ends ‘special examination’

Two years after it raised in a resolution concerns about recent laws in Hungary, the Assembly today resolved to end its “special examination” of the country while urging continued dialogue with the Council of Europe in order to resolve a number of outstanding issues, namely in the fields of religion, media freedom, racist and extremist organisations and the wide scope of cardinal laws.

The resolution, based on a report by Robert Walter (United Kingdom, EC), evaluates a series of new laws in Hungary, including on the status of churches, elections, the Constitutional Court, the judiciary and the media, to see whether they are in line with Council of Europe standards.

The parliamentarians welcomed the measures taken so far by the Hungarian authorities and, in particular, welcomed the withdrawal of proposals concerning the death penalty, underlining that the prohibition on capital punishment is one of the Council of Europe’s “core values”.