As announced by the legal research institute and its partner, Collegium Intermarium University in Warsaw on 16 March, an international observer mission will be deployed to the Hungarian elections. The duties of election observers are performed by the representatives of academic research institutes, think tanks, social organizations, lawyers and journalists from five European countries, beginning on 24th of March. In the coming days, members of the mission will meet face-to-face, hold round-table discussions and do fieldwork to learn more about the Hungarian elections and try to get a full picture of the electoral system using all relevant sources. For information on assessing the situation of the media and public debate, observers will ask, among others, NGOs and leading media.
The International Observation Mission adopted the following Declaration of Principles, based on the best international practices:
According to the issued statement of the mission, the Declaration of Principles became necessary due to the publication of the Interim Report (24 February – 15 March 2022) of OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Election Observation Mission. The publication was immediately weaponized by one side as evidence international criticism of their political competitors. At the same time, serious allegations of inaccuracy, factual errors and partiality were made against the Interim Report, which – according to the critics – failed to present balanced and constructive opinions, presenting the position and arguments of only one side of the polarized political debate in Hungary, without referencing reliable and verifiable sources.
Upon careful examination, the OSCE Interim Report indicates many signs of violation of the principles of international observation missions. In a highly objectionable manner, the reports often rely on unnamed sources or on the opinion of only one political side in regard to expressed criticism of the Hungarian electoral system. As a result, the presented claims and allegations regarding the election process are legitimately questioned, and the authority of the observation mission has been severely tarnished.
- We must remember that the function of an election observer is above all a great responsibility - it strengthens democratic institutions, builds public confidence in electoral processes and helps to stop electoral irregularities. Especially after heavily criticized OSCE Interim Report, we need to regain credibility of international observation missions. And we are ready to take the lead in following the best practices, international standards and principles of impartial, democratic and respectful elections observation. All to support the Hungarian people in the act of democratic elections – states att. Jerzy Kwaśniewski, Head of International Observation Mission.
· The Constitutional Court of Hungary ruled that a newspaper had the right to criticise a collection of fairy tales containing homosexual themes, published by an LGBT association.
· The case concerned a lawsuit by the organisation, which accused the editors of violating its personal rights.
· The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe has published a report on hate crimes against Christians in 46 countries in 2022.
· The publication includes reports of cases recorded by the Ordo Iuris Institute.
· Situations described included assaulting and threatening to kill Catholic priests, acts of vandalism, disrupting a mass or attack with a dangerous instrument.
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- The referendum is linked to the US Supreme Court's 2022 ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organisation, which confirmed that the US Constitution does not guarantee the so-called right to abortion.
- At the recent SDG Summit, Hungarian President Katalin Novák highlighted the demographic crisis and reiterated the right of parents to raise their children according to their own beliefs
- The event was part of the UN summit in New York.