The Soros Foundation is suspending its operations in Hungary: the reason

  • The Soros Foundation is suspending its operations in Hungary: the reason

The Soros Foundation is suspending its operations in Hungary: the reason

The decision to move operations from Budapest is justified by the fact that the Hungarian government "is ready to impose additional restrictions on non-governmental organizations through what it called the package of legislation "Stop Soros".

Open Society Foundations is closing its operations in Hungary and moving staff to Berlin, citing an increasingly repressive political and legal environment and security concerns.

The "Stop Soros" law, among the first measures legislated by recently re-elected Prime Minister Viktor Orban's far-right Fidesz party, targets NGOs that support migration into Hungary.

'Stop Soros': Orban campaigned on a law known as "Stop Soros" created to hobble non-government organizations such as the OSF, reports the BBC.

Orban has accused Soros of being a part of a technique to flood Europe with migrants and of meddling in home affairs. The government's hate campaign has included propaganda posters and billboards, invoking anti-Semitic imagery from World War II, and a supposed "national consultation" attacking George Soros, founder and chair of the Open Society Foundations, and Hungarian human rights groups.

Hitting out at the proposals, which would tax foreign NGO income and clamp down on so-called civil society efforts to promote illegal immigration, OSF President Patrick Gaspard blasted Budapest for "using tactics unprecedented in the history of the European Union" to "denigrate" and "repress" the group's work.

Orban is leveraging his recent massive electoral victory to restrict the political influence of NGOs, many of which received millions from Soros, a Hungarian who escaped the country before Nazis invaded.

Earlier against Soros and his Foundation in Hungary was launched large-scale campaign.