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Szegedist
05-06-2013, 07:36 PM
Amnesty International has urged Hungary to safeguard human rights during the financial crisis. Austerity should not be discriminative or undermine existing rights, the organisationís Hungarian chapter said on Monday.

Amnesty in a statement urged the Hungarian government to sign a UN protocol which seeks to protect citizens during the crisis.

It has called on all EU member states to sign the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which entered into force on Sunday.

Under the protocol, individuals are able to submit complaints to the United Nations if their rights, such as to accommodation, food, water, hygiene, health services, work, social security and education, are impaired or their government fails to provide legal remedy.

Eight EU states have signed and ten countries have ratified it so far.

Last September, Amnesty called on Hungary to join the agreement as soon as possible but the government has not demonstrated any willingness to do so, the statement said.

During debates about the financial crisis, the human right aspects of planned measures were not considered, it said, adding this was a cause for concern.