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Hungarian President Opposes Anti-Domestic Violence Laws

President Laszio Solyom of Hungary was criticized by Liberal legislators for blocking legislation that would have placed new curbs on those guilty of domestic violence. The president argued the proposed law defined the meaning of “relative” and “violence”too loosely. He claimed the measures would “disproportionately limit the freedom of movement of the accused.” It appears Solyom is more concerned with the rights of people who threaten and abuse than with those who are subjected to ongoing domestic physical and verbal abuse. According to sponsors of the bill, Hungarian statistics indicate the first request by a victim who has been subject to domestic violence only comes after years of such attacks.

If President Solyom believes the current legislation violates the Hungarian constitution, he might offer corrections to the measures to ensure they are legal. In the absence of any action on his part to reach out for legislation to protect those being abused in marriages, it certainly raises questions as to what he regards as important in the area of domestic violence.

Hungarian Neo-Nazis Demonstrate In Budapest

Before and during World War II, there was a strong pro-Nazi right wing group in Hungary which actively supported Hitler’s ideas and carried out brutal actions against Hungarian Jews which resulted in the death of thousands. It is not surprising that descendants of those nationalist extremists are alive and well in modern Hungary. The Magyar Garda, a right wing nationalist group, showed its power by inducting into its militia 400 new recruits, including young children. Members of the Hungarian Guard, wearing their distinctive black uniforms, held their fourth national ceremony in Heroes Square.

Members of parliament attended the ceremony as did a controversial priest, Lorant Hegedus. The Magyar Garda was registered in June, 2007 as a “cultural organization” whose goal is to “prepare youth spiritually and physically for extraordinary situations when it might be necessary to mobilise the people.” It has attacked Roma groups on several occasions and has marched in their communities.

It is rather sad, given the history of such groups in recent Hungarian history, they are still around and spouting their hatred.

Annual Riot Season In Hungary

It is September and time for a riot in Hungary by neo-Nazis thugs who oppose the democratic nature of their nation. Several days ago, racist and anti-government slogans, shoes, and tear gas filled the air of Budapest as right wing groups clashed with forces of democracy and the government. The occasion was a protest by Roma organizations and that of the Democratic Charta which was directed against forces of racism in their society. The peaceful rally was addressed by government leaders like the prime minister and several founders of the “original” Democratic Charta which took part in the early fight for a democratic Hungary. Even as these groups peacefully expressed their view, right wing groups began assaulting the police and trying to damage a Soviet era memorial. This resulted in violence and the arrest of several people.

Hungary has never been able to reconcile a part of its past when there existed both a communist group and a Fascist group both of which helped to shape the emergence of a modern Hungary. The Soviet Union imposed a horrible era upon the people of Hungary, but it was also the force which ended the Fascist government which then ruled the nation and had allied with Hitler. Perhaps, it is time to confront the past and deal with all its pain in a more directed focus on education.

Immigrant Issues In Hungary Symbolize New World

Among the most critical issues confronting industrial and post industrial societies is their need for immigrants to handle the dirty jobs of life, but the ongoing prejudice of populations against foreigners. Several days ago, refugees at the Bicske integration center in Hungary, held a demonstration before the UN’s refugee office in Budapest to protest against conditions in the camp. Most of the refugees are asylum seekers and those seeking a new life in Europe. Part of the problem of refugee centers is bringing together people from diverse backgrounds who share nothing in common other than desiring a job in a European country. Last week fighting broke out over, ironically, the issue of access to Internet. Over a dozen people were injured in the fighting.

As refugees enter European nations, the cost of their maintenance is not always welcomed. Social workers and psychologists have to be hired in addition to medical staff so when government feel the need to reduce costs, a refugee center invariably is among their initial targets. UN officials believe the Hungarian situation is all too common– asylum seekers lack access to quality medical care, they are unable to work to provide for some necessities of life or even have enough money to travel around seeking work. Food may be nutritional, but it usually is not the food they are accustomed to back in their homelands. The UN also believes language issues and communication invariably become problems between refugees and host nations.

Perhaps, it is time to examine the issue of the 200,000,000 refugees who currently are working in nations other than their own on a much broader scale and identify key issues that must be addressed by host nations.

Can I Throw Eggs At People I Dislike? Sort Of In Hungary

During the recent Gay Pride march in Budapest, a group of right wing extremists attacked those marching by throwing eggs at them. They were ordered to halt this demonstration of infantile behavior by a policeman but they persisted. The men were arrested and brought to trial. At their first trial, the judge ruled in favor of the three men on grounds that throwing eggs, in itself, is not illegal and can fall within the scope of acceptable “freedom of expression.” However, Judge Istvan Koya, head of the Criminal Secton of the Budapest City
Court, sharply disagreed and over turned the verdict. He made clear throwing eggs at people is not a legal form of expression in all circumstances. The men were fined.

One can only wonder under which circumstances is it permissible to throw eggs at people? The men who did the throwing certainly did not know the people they were assaulting. Is it OK to throw other objects in certain “circumstances?”

Hungary Confronts Right Wing Extremism

For the first time since Hungary became a democracy its entire top tier of leaders met to discuss how the nation could handle the growth of right wing extremists groups who have displayed their hate in public against groups such as gays. Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany told the press, “What you witnessed here, was a meeting of historic significance. never since the change of the regime have all the high public dignitaries met to discuss their positions on a case that concerns all Hungarians.” The case in point was the annual Gay March in Budapest which was subject to attacks by neo-Nazi thugs. “We are fed up,” said the prime minister with such anti-democratic actions. The meeting made clear, “the elementary rights of the Hungarian Republic include the freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, as well as the freedom for everybody to define his or her cultural, religious or sexual identity.”

The prime minister insisted “we want the democracy of freedom and dignity, not an ‘egg democracy.’ We all agreed we must restrain all forms of extremism.” There will be an attempt to define how the rights of people can be protected without endangering the right of opposing other people and their values. This is always an issue for any democracy.

Latin American Holocaust Hero Emerges

A Holocaust story has emerged from the past which reveals the role of the El Salvador government in saving thousands of Jews in Hungary. Colonel Jose Arturo Castellanos, who served as Consul General for the El Savador government in Switzerland, played a vital role in saving thousands of Jews who were destined for the death camps. In Geneva, Castellanos made the acquaintance of Gyorgy Mandl and then appointed him to the fictional role of First Secretary and placed him in charge of organizing an operation to help Hungarian Jews. They gathered blank nationality certificates, had an official stamp on them, and then worked with Carl Lutz, the Swiss Vice Consul to persuade Hungarian and Swiss officials there were thousands of El Salvadorean citizens trapped in eastern Europe. The government of El Salvador played a role in fostering the fictional story by asking for the assistance of the Swiss government in protecting their citizens. Lutz rented an abandoned glass factory and thousands of Jews were sheltered in it.

It s stories such as these that show the goodness of humans and their willingness to risk their own lives in order to help those being brutalized.

Hungary Appoints Protector Of Future Generations

The parliament of Hungary passed a new piece of legislation designed to protect future generations against the stupidity of modern leaders who refuse to deal with the environment. Sandor Fulop, an environmental lawyer, has been appointed to the new position of what is being termed the “green ombudsman.” In this position, Mr. Fulop’s main responsibility will be protecting the rights of Hungarians yet to be born that their current nation is considering the world into which they will be born. The hope is to halt efforts by modern Hungarians to impact the environment in destructive ways.

Mr. Fulop’s main responsibility is to analyze actions by Hungary’s government that entail making “environmentally destructive decisions” which can prove damaging to the rights of those unborn to inhabit a world that allows humans to live in harmony with their planet. This appointment may be the first of its kind on planet Earth and the Hungarian people deserve an accolade for their creative futuristic manner of thinking.

Integration Of Immigrants Issue In Hungary

The arrival of immigrants from all parts of the world is an ongoig issue in most nations in the European Union and Hungary increasingly has found itself still learning how best to integrate the new arrivals within society. The UNHCR recently investigated how Hungary is dealng with immigrants and warned about insufficient effort to get the new arrivals out of detention centers and out into the real world where they had to work, learn the language and establish a new life. As Mchael Lindenbauer of UNHCR told Hungarian officials “in the long run there is no such thing as integration within a center….In general, the refugees should be helped to start their own independent lives.” He emphasized that learning a new language is best done while at work or living among Hungarians rather than taking classes in a detention center.

A major concern of UN refugee experts is that Hungary does not provide enough interaction between refugees and local Hungarians. There is also a lack of job training to get people quickly into productive work with Hungarians. As always, any effective program for refugees makes them quickly cease being a foreigner who is outside society whlle making certain they are working, learning and focusing on the future.