BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)– Smaller evangelical churches and other faith groups faced more uncertainty Monday, September 23, after Hungary’s parliament adopted amendments to a controversial constitution.
Human Rights Watch (HRW), an influential advocacy group, said recent changes to the Hungarian constitution would not end “religious discrimination” and “do little” to address concerns set out by the Council of Europe and the European Parliament.
“The changes leave in place provisions that undermine the rule of law and weaken human rights protection.”
Hungary’s parliament, with a majority of its members from the governing right-wing Fidesz party, adopted the amendments last week, September 16.
HRW said however that religious discrimination has been maintained regarding recognition of churches, a policy that critics compared to the Communist-era when devoted Christians could face persecution.