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Europol, the European police agency, issued a “Strategic Report” earlier Tuesday, saying that right-wing violence is on the rise in many EU states. The confidential report, cited by German media, says that the extremist groups seek to boost their “combat skills” by recruiting military and police members. The report noted that extremist groups are getting “increasingly popular among younger and better educated demographics.”

EU police agency Europol warned of growing far-right violence...

Institutional racism is prevalent in criminal justice systems across the European Union and has created a "justice gap" in such cases, a new study has found.

The research, carried out by the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), has found "deeply-rooted institutional racism" affects all parts of the justice process, from the very reporting of the crime to sentencing.

This is despite data suggesting that the occurrence of racially-motivated crimes are on the rise in many EU...

The UN special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Felipe Gonzalez Morales, fiercely criticized Hungary's treatment of migrants in recent years. He also accused the country's government of hijacking the perceived threat posed by a falsely perceived migrant influx for political gains, perpetuating the ruling Fidesz Party's strongly anti-immigrant stance.

There was "no mass influx of migrants and asylum seekers" to Hungary, he declared at a news conference held in Budapest,...

Four human traffickers have been sentenced to life in prison by a Hungarian court for the deaths of 71 migrants found inside an abandoned truck in Austria, Reuters reported on June 20.

The bodies of the migrants were found by police in August 2015, decomposing in the heat in the truck on the A4 highway which links Vienna and Budapest, the capitals of Austria and Hungary.

Those who died probably suffocated inside the truck, Austrian authorities said at the time.

The...

The Pécs District Prosecutor’s Office has charged two young Hungarians with assault causing bodily harm motivated by hate. The young men physically assaulted two citizens of Yemen, one of whom was enrolled as a university student in Pécs, while the other studied in Szeged. The attack occurred in front of a commercial establishment in Pécs last summer, but it took until this month for authorities to determine that the incident qualified as a hate crime.

According to an account...

The Children's Rights Committee of the Council of Europe said that in the migrant transit zones along the Serbian-Hungarian border, there is a lack of effective measures to protect child migrants and asylum seekers from sexual abuse.

A report by the Children's Rights Committee of the Council of Europe "deplores" the lack of effective measures taken to protect migrant and asylum-seeking children from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse in transit zones at the Serbian-Hungarian border...

Hungarian authorities are systematically denying food to failed asylum seekers detained in the country’s border transit zones, say rights activists.

The policy, whereby adults whose asylum claims have been rejected are denied food, was described as “an unprecedented human rights violation in 21st-century Europe” by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, a human rights organisation working to offer legal support to those in the transit zones.

It may amount to “inhuman treatment and...

Two Hungarian opposition MPs were forcibly removed from the offices of state-run broadcaster MTVA on Monday morning after demanding their five-point petition be read on-air.

The two politicians were among a group of opposition MPs who stayed overnight at the MTVA headquarters to ensure a recording of their petition would be broadcast.

However, MTVA said in a statement that it had filed a complaint with police after the MPs repeatedly ignored warnings from security about...

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has exempted a mammoth pro-government media group from scrutiny by the national competition watchdog, according to a decree published late on Wednesday.

Critics say the rightwing nationalist leader is presiding over a gradual disappearance of independent media in the ex-Communist satellite. Dozens of newspapers and broadcasters critical of Orban have changed hands in recent years, resulting in less public dissent.

The Central European Press...

Hungary's supreme court has acquitted a camerawoman who was filmed tripping and kicking migrants at the border in 2015.

Petra Laszlo had been sentenced to three years' probation for her actions by a lower court.

But the country's top court ruled on Tuesday that she should have been charged with a misdemeanour not a criminal offence, and cleared her.

It said that her actions - which attracted international attention - were "morally incorrect and illicit".

But, it...

Rough sleeping will be banned in Hungary from October 15 when the government's law on homelessness comes into force, giving police the power to remove homeless people from the streets and destroy any shelters they may have built.

The law, banning "habitual residence in a public space", was passed by parliament in June and has been called "cruel" by critics. Under legislation passed in 2013, being homeless was punishable with a fine.

The crackdown "serves the interests of...

Hungary will quit a U.N. migration pact before its final approval, it said on Wednesday, calling the agreement a “threat to the world”.

The Global Compact For Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was approved on Friday by all 193 U.N. member nations except the United States, which pulled out last year.

But Hungary, led by right-wing nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban, has decided not to sign the final document at a ceremony in December.

“This document is entirely...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban are underlining their differences on the issue of migration, but say they are willing to keep talking.

Merkel told reporters in June 3 at a joint news conference in Berlin that she wants to protect the Europe’s “humanity” when it comes to the way it treats migrants and “that is probably what separates us.”

Orban responded that Hungary’s position hasn’t changed since it closed its borders to migrants...

The Hungarian government has stepped up its anti-immigration measures with plans to introduce a 25% tax on aid groups it says support migration.

Viktor Orbán’s administration has been among the most hostile to immigration in Europe. His Fidesz party was re-elected in a landslide victory in April, promising to crack down on non-governmental organisations it says support migrants.

“We want to use tax policy to step up against organising migration,” Hungary’s finance ministry said...

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz-KDNP coalition won a landslide victory in general elections.

Based on 91 percent of the votes counted, the coalition of the Fidesz party and Christian Democratic People's Party (KDNP) received at least 48 percent of the vote while Hungary's main opposition Jobbik party received 19 percent and the left-wing Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) and Dialogue for Hungary (PM) oppositional coalition received 12 percent.

Hungary's...