The main sponsor of the organization is still the György Soros Open Society Foundation
Liberal rights defenders closed a successful year, according to their economic report, they had HUF 588 million at their disposal last year, and they successfully took action against Hungarian immigration and immigration rules before the Court of Justice of the European Union, Adatradar.hu writes about the Helsinki Commission. They remind: in 2020, foreign diplomats and representatives of the EU and other international organizations were informed more than 70 times about the developments in Hungary related to the rule of law.
The portal detailed analysisthat the largest financier of the Helsinki Committee is still the György Soros Open Society Institute (OSI), from which the organization received more than HUF 130 million in 2020 to cover operating costs. For the same expenses, they received HUF 58 million from two other organizations, the Sigrid Rausing Trust (SRT) and nearly HUF 61 million from the Oak Foundation (OF).
The portal highlights that there are personal overlaps with the Open Society Institute in the management of STR and OF. “The Oak Foundation was founded by Alan M. Parker, a former business partner of György Soros, and his two senior staff members are also members of the Open Society Foundations (OSF) human rights initiative. One of the leaders of the SRT, Chris Stone, is the president of the OSF ”.
“The amount of the Commission’s personnel expenses increased by HUF 20 million last year: in 2019 it was still HUF 216.9 million, but in 2020 it was already HUF 236.9 million. This is almost 600 thousand forints / person / month, if we distribute it proportionally among the employees of the association, ”they point out.
The analysis shows that the Helsinki Commission received the most money to support migrants. “A total of HUF 115 million was transferred to the organization for their various immigration programs by donors such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the PRO ASYL Foundation and the Dutch Asylum Council. Of this, more than HUF 95 million could be spent on legal protection in the strictest sense ”.
They remind that last year the organization played a serious role in the legal protection of illegal immigrants intending to enter our country. “According to the data of the National Police Headquarters, in 2020 they had to take action against 44,498 people due to illegal migration, illegal border crossing and human trafficking, of which 2078 were prosecuted. The Helsinki Commission’s lawyers provided legal assistance to 799 foreigners, ie they were able to take part in about 40 per cent of the official proceedings and took almost 60 per cent of the cases that went to court and were closed last year. ”
According to the analysis, “if it depended on Helsinki and the open society, at least half a hundred thousand illegal migrants would have been admitted into the country in five years,” as evidenced by the fact that they see the 2020 ruling of the European Court of Justice as their success. closure of transit zones.
In connection with another case, Adatradar.hu warns that the outcome of the case of Ilias and Ahmed v. Hungary, which was closed by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) at the end of 2019, was also influenced by the human rights organization. “The court also took into account two pieces of evidence in its proceedings: a report by Hungary from Amnesty International and the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE).” The portal pointed out that the latter is an umbrella organization with two Hungarian members: the Helsinki Commission and Amnesty International.
According to the portal, the Helsinki Commission also lobbied diplomats and journalists during the epidemic to “keep the deterioration of the rule of law in Hungary at the forefront of international attention.” In this connection, it is noted that almost HUF 40 million was transferred to the Helsinki Commission in 2020 for programs dealing with the rule of law.
The largest amount was given by the Swedish Postcode Foundation to the PHAROS project, which describes: “the aim is to protect democracy more effectively in Hungary and to prevent the decline of democracy in Europe.”
Source: Magyar Nemzet by magyarnemzet.hu.
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