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News | News from Hungary: Massive demonstration against government’s actions for complicating NGOs’ work

Photo: News from Hungary: Massive demonstration against government’s actions for complicating NGOs’ work

ÉLETFA Segítő Szolgálat Egyesület, Budapest, Hungary

Website: http://www.eletfaegyesulet.hu

We are civil society, we are free, we are Hungarians and we are Europeans

Budapest, 12 April 2017 – More than 100 Hungarian NGOs and tens of thousands of people joined the "Heroes' veto" event on Budapest's iconic Heroes' Square between 17.30-19.00 today at Heroes' Square, Budapest.

On the peaceful event, the crowd of people freed up a heart-shaped area with the word "Civil", symbolising that civil organisations are needed for Hungary. We are all part of the civil society and stand for our communities, for our environment, and for the freedom of thought.
   The new NGO bill submitted to the Parliament would require NGOs which receive funds from foreign sources independently from Hungarian financial bodies in the annual amount of more than HUF 7.2 million to make an additional registration. The organisations affected by this bill amendment have operated in a transparent way, in compliance with the legislation. Information on the sources of financial support, their amount and their use has been always publicly available. This can be verified by observing the annual reports of each organisation.

   The more than 100 Hungarian NGOs joining today's event reject the proposed stigmatisation of the new NGO bill. These organisations provide services for the society in a completely open and transparent manner: they protect children's rights, provide food to those in need, give shelter to homeless people, or work for a cleaner, more peaceful and healthier Hungary.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1178668815589658

Pictures and videos from the event will be available here (continuously updated from 20:30 UTC+2): https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8iPCrEMgANYeGN1OHFfRUE0WFU

See this article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/hungary-thousands-protest-govts-education-ngo-policies/2017/04/12/ab8b0858-1fa6-11e7-bb59-a74ccaf1d02f_story.html?utm_term=.b06bc821094c


posted 2017-04-19


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Conference | IFS Conference in Berlin, 2016

Photo: IFS Conference in Berlin, 2016

IFS Headquarters

Website: http://www.onthemove2016.com/en/

Our 2016 conference "On the Move – At Home in the World" will be held September 28 through October 1 in Berlin, Germany. The conference deals with the development of displaced people and migration as a global phenomenon and its subsequent challenges. Therefore, we have arranged a diverse and exciting program which focuses on a country comparison of the conditions and possibilities for community work in the area of refugees and migration. National and international experts will hold lectures and panel discussions. Practical approaches and best-practice examples will be presented in workshops. Visits to different institutions will allow for the opportunity to get to know practical examples in Berlin and to speak to the employees on location.

A full conference program with more than 30 interesting workshops from all over the world and 34 site visits to amazing projects in Berlin is available online now .

Registration is now open – be sure to register by June 1 to take full advantage of our early bird rates!

For more information, including details on nearby hotels, please visit the conference website set up by host organizations Verband für Sozial-Kulturelle Arbeit and Nachbarschafts Zentrum.

posted 2016-04-17


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