Viktor Orbán’s Hungary: A Nationalist Government Within the European Union

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Rightsviews article by Bárbara Matias
Friday, July 7, 2017

In a new Rightsviews article, graduate student Bárbara Matias examines the decline in human rights and rule-of-law in Hungary under Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

Since coming to power in 2010, Orbán has repeatedly challenged core values of the European Union, to which Hungary is a member. Matias particularly highlights  crackdowns on academic freedom, including recent legislation tightening restrictions on independent or foreign-funded universities. 

"As EU citizens and rights-holders, Hungarian’s freedoms remain at risk under Orbán’s repressive crackdowns and government of supranationalism," writes Matias.

Bárbara Matias is an M.A. candidate at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University.  Her research interests include refugee rights, forced displacement, and human rights affairs in the context of the European Union.

Click here to read the full article on Rightsviews.