The government used the Covid-19 pandemic as a pretext for attacks on the rule of law and democratic institutions. The government has made access to asylum close to impossible, interferes with independent media and academic freedom, and undermines the rights of women and LGBT people, including blocking the implementation of the Istanbul Convention that aims to prevent violence against women. Hungary’s Roma minority face widespread and systemic discrimination. Neglect of the public health care system and deficiencies in hygiene practices in hospitals creates grave health risks for patients and may contribute to the spread of Covid-19.

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