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MEPs Vote To Censure Hungary After Attack On University Freedom

Posted by Alex Mayer on 17th May 2017

MEPs have sent a clear message to Hungary’s authoritarian leader Viktor Orbán as they voted to start serious legal procedures against the Hungarian government.

Cambridge campaigners recently held a rally protesting against a new higher education law which they say could force the Central European University in Hungary to shut down.

Cambridge Labour MEP Alex Mayer said, “At the rally I spoke to Cambridge students and academics from both the UK and Hungary and they were united in their condemnation of Orban’s new law.

“Mr Orban is waging a a war to wipe out liberal values in his country and is attacking academic freedom.

“The CEU is an important university for research, and has strong links with the University of Cambridge.

“Today’s vote shows the game is up for Mr Orban and his persistent attacks on our values will not be tolerated. I hope Mr Orban takes note of the strength of feeling and urgently changes course.”

The vote today was for Article 7.1 of the Treaty of the European Union to be activated. This can only take place when there is a “serious breach” by a country of the fundamental values of human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights.