Amnesty held protests for Roma in Budapest

Amnesty International Hungary sent out a call for all it’s members to join in a protest at Rosevelt Square yesterday at 18:00, infront of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. In a response to, what Amnesty International Hungary characterizes as, the recent weeks exclusionary and rascistic provocing of fear evolved into serious physical violence in Gyöngyöspata when, until now under unclear circumstances fighting erupted between local roma population and patroling right-wingists.

Despite the statements of members of the government that everything is in order at the settlement, the police was not able to prevent this incident.
There are several seriously injured people, amoung them a minor. The situation is not so tense, that the roma, who are regularly exposed to racist harassment aren’t just afraid of walking on the street, but also considers moving. It is in everybodys interest that we adress the government and ask them with all it’s organs to face and effectively tackle the discriminatory and racistic harassment in all its forms, so that we together can express our civic protest against discriminatory and racist rethorics and actions, Amnesty writes.

Lawmakers to discuss most two-thirds bills in autumn, says Fidesz official

Budapest, April 26 (MTI) – A bulk of the bills requiring a two-thirds majority to go through Parliament will be discussed next autumn, parliamentary leader of the governing Fidesz party Janos Lazar told public television on Tuesday morning.

The first cardinal laws likely to be discussed still before the summer recess will be connected to the Szell Kalman Plan and New Szechenyi Plan, the government’s major economic development plans, he said.

Bills on reforming local government, Parliament and the judiciary will probably be put on the lawmakers’ agenda in September and October, he said.

Asked about Hungary’s new election system, Lazar said it could be taken for granted that Hungary’s next parliament would be composed of 200 members, down from the present 386, and that Hungarian citizens living beyond the border would be granted the right to vote in the Hungarian elections.

Most deputies of the governing Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance favour maintaining the mixed electoral system, he said.

It is still to be decided in what form ethnic Hungarians with no permanent residence in Hungary will be enfranchised, he said.

Lazar, who is also the mayor of the southeast Hungarian city Hodmezovasarhely, said, “I don’t think they should have a direct say in the life of my electorate or my city.”

Politicians and analysts have widely agreed that Hungarians without permanent residency in the country should only be allowed to vote for party lists and not in individual constituencies