The government of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban is being assailed from all sides in the international arena for a raft of new laws that critics say infringe on basic human rights. The articles below contain details of more of these (many of which are indeed objectionable) but there are two in particular that caught my eye.
1. Sleeping in the streets will henceforth be a crime.
Is this such a bad thing? Obviously, if there are no hostel beds available, then the law is stupid. But there are people sleeping rough in major Irish cities because they don't want to go into a hostel. It's dangerous and unhealthy for them and unsightly in an urban environment, not to mention giving a menacing air to an area.
2. University students receiving grants are required to work in Hungary after graduating.
This would be for a certain period of time. I think this should be seen as an opportunity to pay back one's country for the benefit of the education. There's no point in educating tens of thousands of students only for them to go and benefit some other economy. Such jobs might need to be in the public sector and the wages might be pretty low (perhaps not much above dole) but there's no such thing as a free lunch any more.
1. UN rights office joins condemnation of Hungary reforms - European News | Latest News from Across Europe | The Irish Times - Sat, Mar 16, 2013
2. Critics slam Hungary for 'anti-democratic' new laws - Public Service Europe
3. BBC News - Q&A: Hungary's controversial constitutional changes