Soros basis to give up Hungary after conflict with authorities

15 May, 2018, 22:46 | Author: Orlando Hughes
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In a press release Tuesday, the Open Society Foundations, or OSF, mentioned the transfer is because of the Hungarian authorities's plan to "impose additional restrictions on non-governmental organizations by way of what it has branded its "Cease Soros" package deal of laws".

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'It has become impossible to protect the security of our operations and our staff in Hungary, ' Open Society Foundations said.

As well as bemoaning "burdensome" transparency requirements on funding from overseas, the group registered its particular anger over measures in the package invoking national security interests, such as rules which would require NGOs working with asylum seekers to be licensed by the government. In addition, the new law bans NGO activity geared towards migrant human rights advocacy. But it would "pursue all available legal avenues to defend the fundamental rights that are threatened by the [Stop Soros] legislation".

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The move follows a decision by the Hungarian government to tighten a bill dubbed "Stop Soros" that would restrict the work of Hungarian non-governmental organizations that receive foreign funding.

Orban's Fidesz also ran an anti-immigrant billboard campaign, underwritten by the Hungarian government, which showed a picture of Soros laughing alongside the words, "Let's not leave Soros the last laugh". Open Society Foundations said Tuesday that it would seek legal routes to challenge the new legislation. The Foundations are taking appropriate steps regarding the safety and well-being of those affected by the office relocation.

A loose-knit group of George Soros-financed foundations is leaving Hungary as the government's nationalist leader continues cracking down on the billionaire's influence in the country. In 2010, Soros gave almost one million euros to help Hungarians affected by the catastrophic "red sludge" industrial disaster.

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