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International protest against criminalization of homelessness in Hungary

Initiated by Hungarian homeless advocacy group The City is for All, local groups in 9 countries are organizing solidarity events to protest against the criminalization of homelessness in Hungary. The persecution of homeless people is in violation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, the European Convention on Human Rights, and the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

 

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Call for action: International solidarity with homeless people in Hungary

“Being homeless is not a crime!”

 “The City is for All” (Budapest) invites the friends all over the world to join the struggle against the criminalisation of homelessness in Hungary by action between Feb, 13th and Feb. 15th. The European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and the City supports the call.

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Video about “homeless free zones” in Budapest

On November 14, 2013 the General Assembly of Budapest passed a local law that designated the majority of Budapest as an area where engaging in “habitual residence in public space” is an infraction punishable by community work, fine and ultimately jail. In this way, street homelessness has become criminalized in the capital of Hungary along with several major cities that have passed similar local laws in the past few weeks. The City is for All has made a video with English subtitles about the areas designated in Budapest as homeless-free zones.

Activists of The City is for All forcibly removed from the City Council to enable the criminalization of homelessness

The homeless activists of The City is for All and their allies were holding hands, telling poems and singing around the chairs of the Budapest City Council members in the council’s assembly room at 8.15am on Thursday, November 14th. The group’s aim was to prevent the assembly from passing an ordinance, which extends the criminalization of homeless people to a major large part of the city. With this demonstration, we have made it clear that homelessness is an inacceptable condition, which should be eliminated through social policy and not punitive measures.

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