Dear International Friends,
As you already know, the Hungarian Parliament will vote on an amendment to the Constitution
that would encode the criminalization of homelessness into the fundamental law of the country.
In addition to penalizing poverty, the Constitution will also introduce a very restricted definition of family, limit the freedom of movement of students and seriously curtail the right and authority of the Constitutional Court, which so far has been a safeguard of democracy.
Please help us put as much pressure as possible on the Hungarian Parliament not to pass the amendment.
Below, you can find a lot of useful information about the proposed amendment and its negative implications for democracy in Hungary:
How can YOU help us?
* If you live in Hungary, join the demonstrations organized by several organization and citizens against the 4th amendment of the Fundamental Law on March 9, 2013 at 3pm in Alkotmány utca! Spread the news, invite your friends!
* If you live in the European Union, alert your representatives in the European Parliament to this issue and ask them to exert pressure on the Hungarian government to repeal the amendment!
* If you are an official or decision-maker in the EU, the UN or other international organizations, please go out of your way to publicly condemn the Hungarian government and pressure them to repeal the amendment.
* If you are an activist or member of an international organization, ask them to publicly condemn the Hungarian government for punishing its poorest and most vulnerable citizens!
* If you live anywhere in the world and have good contacts with the press, let them know about this issue and ask them to report it extensively!
- Target: Hungarian President Pal Schmitt, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, 8th District of Budapest Mayor, Mate Kocsis and Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird.
- Sponsored by: Concerned Citizens of the World
In Budapest, Hungary, the Mayor of the 8th District, Mate Kocis, recently passed a regulation that makes being homeless a crime. According to the BBC, homeless people can be arrested, imprisoned and forced to pay a $600 fine.
The BBC states that the only reason why this law passed was because the public did not want to deal with the homeless anymore. As this district is one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Budapest, this new law will have a devastating effect on thousands of people.
Being economically disadvantaged is not a crime and should not be considered one. But that is just what this legislation is doing: criminalizing the poor. The homeless need support, not to be considered as criminals or nuisances to society.
Tell the President, the Prime Minister and the Mayor of the 8th District in Hungary that homelessness is not a crime. They should be funding more programs to help these people get off the streets, not finding more ways to hurt them.
We the undersigned, demand that the regulation recently passed in the 8th District of Budapest that makes being homeless illegal, be revoked. Homelessness is not a crime and you should not be punishing people because of they are economically disadvantaged. You should be supporting them and finding solutions to help them get off the streets and live better lives. All citizens, regardless of class should be supported by their governments.
Please show the world that you support your citizens by getting rid of this regulation.
Sign the petition here.
Thanks to Comrade D. for the heads-up.