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NGOs call on the Hungarian government to tackle the refugee crisis humanely

UPDATE: new signatories

Sajtóközlemény - szeptember 8, 2015
Budapest, September 8, 2015 – The refugee crisis unfolding these days in Hungary has led to a critical situation where we feel it is our duty to speak out. The signatories urge the Hungarian government to handle the humanitarian crisis in the wake of the arrival of refugees according to basic standards of humanity, and to provide real help instead of criminalizing the refugees.

We do not wish to deny that the European asylum system is presently going through a severe crisis, nor to suggest that the key to the solution resides solely in the hands of the Hungarian government. None of the above, however, is ground for exemption from the duty of attempting to alleviate the plight of refugees. That is not a refugee issue or an immigration issue, but a basic requirement of humanity. Providing help to people in need, and doing everything we can for them – this is the moral responsibility of each and every citizen and government.

Yet, because of either inaptitude or deliberate inaction on the part of the government, a crisis has emerged in the streets and on the squares of Budapest, reaching by now the border village of Röszke as well. Handling the situation has been left for months to civil society groups and individuals sacrificing their free time, work, knowledge and money to provide assistance to their fellow human beings in need. We express our respect for and solidarity with the formal and informal civic communities that have done, with incredible determination and perseverance, that which should have been the task of the institutions of the state: to provide humane conditions for those in need.

The situation that developed in Röszke needs to be solved by the state, with the involvement of international organizations. We call on the government of Hungary to act the way a government can be expected to act in a crisis: humanely, fairly, and with due respect for human rights. Instead of criminalizing the refugees, let the government focus on alleviating their suffering and plight.

Signatory organizations:

Amnesty International Hungary

Anthropolis Anthropological Public Benefit Association

Artemisszio Foundation

Autonomia Foundation

BirthHouse Association

Carpathian Foundation-Hungary

CEEweb for Biodiversity

Chance For Childen Foundation

Civil College Foundation

Clean Air Action Group

Cromo Foundation

Danube Circle

Ebony African Organization

Eötvös Károly Institute

European Network Against Racism Hungary (ENAR)

Family, Child, Youth Association

Foundation for Development of Democratic Rights (DemNet)

Green Academy

Greenpeace Hungary

Habitat for Humanity Hungary

Háttér Association

Human Platform Association

Hungarian Anti-Poverty Foundation

Hungarian Civil Liberties Union

Hungarian Environmental Partnership Foundation

Hungarian Europe Society

Hungarian Helsinki Committee

Hungarian LGBT Association

Hungarian Women's Lobby

Jane Goodall Institute

Kék Vonal Child Crisis Foundation


Labrisz Lesbian Association

Legal Defence Bureau for National and Ethnic Minorities

Living Memorial

Menedék - Hungarian Association for Migrants

Mertek Media Monitor

Migrants' Help Association of Hungary (Mighelp)

Pangea Cultural and Environmental Association

Partners Hungary Foundation

Protect the Future Association

Rainbow Mission Foundation – Budapest Pride

Rehab Critical Mass

Romano Instituto Foundation

Roots and Wings Foundation 

Subjective Values Foundation

The City is for All

Union of European Federalists Hungary

Wheel of Future Foundation

With the power of humanity Foundation

White Scarf Movement

Women for Balaton

Women for Women Together Against Violence (NANE)

ZÖFI – Hungarian Green Roots


Further organizations are welcome to join by sending an email to .