UN expert to visit to assess freedom of opinion and expression: Hungary


GENEVA (11 November 2021)  ̶  The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, Irene Khan, will visit Hungary from 15 to 22 November 2021.

She will examine the enjoyment of the right to freedom of opinion and expression in Hungary, including the implementation of laws and policies and systemic barriers that affect the work of the media, civil society and academics.

“I look forward to fruitful, substantive discussions on issues related to media freedom, digital rights, and academic freedom, among other issues, with representatives from all branches of the State, representatives of the media and civil society actors,” Khan said.

This visit takes places a few days after the third Universal Periodic Review of Hungary at the Human Rights Council.

“In light of the commitments made by the Government of Hungary to the Human Rights Council, I will focus particularly on the measures taken and envisaged by the Government to fulfil its human rights obligations relating to freedom of opinion and expression, and will provide advice and recommendations as needed to address the concerns of all stakeholders,” she said.

At the end of her visit on Monday, 22 November, Khan will share her preliminary observations at a news conference at the Mercure Budapest City Center Hotel at 10:30 local time. Access to the press conference will be limited to the media.

The Special Rapporteur will present a comprehensive report on her visit at the 50th session of the Human Rights Council to be held in June 2022.

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