AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ISRAEL & HUNGARY: Very concerned by growing collaboration of PMs Netanyahyu and Orban
Joint Public Statement by Amnesty International Israel and Amnesty International Hungary:
While the Israeli PM Netanyahu and the Hungarian PM Orban are strengthening their ties, Amnesty International Hungary and Israel are expressing mutual concerns as to the shrinking space of human rights groups and individuals in their respective countries.
Both known as leaders who thrive on hatred towards universal human values and norms, delegitimizing voices of advocates for human rights and running smearing campaigns against activists and groups; and both lead legislation and bills, which seeks to limit non-governmental organizations, known for their struggle for democracy, securing human rights for all, and calling their governments for accountability.
Although we are encouraged by the European commission sending a strong message to Hungary against the Hungarian NGO law, we continue witnessing the poisoning of the public arena in both countries due to the smearing rhetoric of these leaders and their groundless accusations of human rights groups, Amnesty International included.
“In their upcoming meeting, Netanyahu and Orban will exchange not only anti-democratic values, but also means, which are aimed to execute these values. We learn from the media, that Orban is about to purchase additional security fences to keep refugees and migrants out of his country and Israel has long experience in building fences and separation walls in the occupied territories. Democratic groups in both countries should get very concerned by this growing collaboration of Netanyahyu and Orban” – said Molly Malekar, programs director at Amnesty International Israel.
“We call the two prime ministers to reconsider their human rights performances. We urge them to refrain from populist attacks on fundamental rights and return to respecting and protecting these, respect the human rights of all regardless of their political views, including those that voice uncomfortable truth on breaches of law and human rights violations” – said Júlia Iván, director or Amnesty International Hungary.