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Hungary Submits 'STOP SOROS' Anti Immigration Bill To Parliament

Country bans ban non-governmental organisations

By: Daniel Newton  |@NeonNettle
 on 14th February 2018 @ 6.44pm
 the bill is is the key part of prime minister viktor orban   s anti immigration campaign © press
the bill is is the key part of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s anti-immigration campaign

Hungary has introduced a new legislation that will give extra powers to the interior minister to ban George Soros and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that support unchecked migration to the country.

A government Billboard is seen in Budapest, Hungary which read: Soros wants to transplant millions from Africa and the Middle East.'

The Bill, which was submitted to parliament late on Tuesday, is the key part of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s anti-immigration campaign which targets globalist George Soros, who has been meddling with democracies around the world.

Soros has issued a "declaration of war" against his native Hungary, according to Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Orban has accused Hungarian-born Soros of paying "agents of non-governmental organizations" who operate as an "army" to covertly destroy his country from within

Reuters reports: The government says the bill, which would also impose a 25 percent tax on foreign donations to NGOs that back migration in Hungary, is meant to deter illegal immigration Orban says is eroding European stability and has been stoked in part by Soros.

Hungary and Poland are both under nationalist governments that have clashed with the European Union leadership in Brussels over their perceived authoritarian drift deviating from EU standards on democracy and rule of law.

But Orban’s message, championing conservative Christian beliefs and rejecting multiculturalism, has gone down well with Hungarian voters and his Fidesz party is expected to secure a third straight term in a general election due on April 8.

The bill says that NGOs that “sponsor, organize or support the entry or stay of third-country citizens on Hungarian territory via a safe third country to extend international protection ... qualify as organizations supporting migration”.

Such activity - including campaigning, advocacy, recruiting volunteers, producing information booklets - would have to be approved by the interior minister, who could deny permission if he saw a “national security risk”.

If an NGO continued with such activity, Hungarian prosecutors could act to withdraw the NGO’s tax number, essentially paralyzing them, slap them with heavy fines and ultimately dissolve them.

Organizations that support migration will have to pay tax on the foreign funding or assets they receive, the bill says, with a possible exemption on funding that serves humanitarian goals.

Activists who organize or support migration could also face restraining orders preventing them from approaching the EU’s external borders in Hungary.

Orban has been embroiled in an escalating “Stop Soros” feud with the 87-year-old Hungarian-born Jew, waging a billboard and media campaign asserting that he would “settle millions from Africa and the Middle East”.

Soros has rejected the campaign against him as “distortions and lies” meant to create a false external enemy.

Pro-government media reported earlier that the new legislation could lead to a ban on Soros, who has U.S. and Hungarian citizenship, entering the country.

The Hungarian Helsinki Committee, an NGO that has been providing support for the legal and human rights of various groups including asylum seekers and prisoners since 1994, said the bill was unacceptable and served political goals.

“(Its goal) is to stigmatize certain civil organizations that the government does not like... and to distance them from society, and in the end make their operation impossible,” the committee, which receives a major chunk of its funding from Soros, said in a statement.

Poland, Hungary and other ex-communist eastern member states of the EU have all pushed a strong anti-immigrant stance, even though the number of asylum seekers who want to stay in these countries are very few compared to western European countries.

Last year, the Orban government introduced a measure requiring NGOs that get money from abroad to register with the state, raising alarm in the EU and United States.

The European Commission said last year it was taking Budapest to the EU’s top court over its NGO laws as well as a higher education law that targets the Central European University in Budapest founded by Soros.

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