BUDAPEST – An ECHR-exit?

Hungary should consider suspending the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights and withdrawing from the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR), according to Imre Vejkey, the deputy whip of governing coalition party KDNP. 

Vejkey stated that judgments made by the European Court of Human Rights are supporting the “prison business”, which is what the Hungarian government refers to as the cases Hungary lost to inmates who sued the state for inhumane treatment due to overcrowding in prisons.

The government claims that European decision-makers value the rights of “violent criminals” more than the rights of law-abiding citizens, and that “foreign-funded organisations” controlled by George Soros are taking money away from the Hungarian taxpayers.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that compensating these inmates has cost Hungary Ft8.5 billion Forints (€24 million). As a point of comparison, the government spent Ft7.2 billion (€21 million) just on the promotion of its last national consultation titled “Stop Soros.” (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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