Hungary enacts law to regulate foreign-funded NGOs

The Hungarian parliament has approved a law that imposes strict regulations on foreign funded NGOs in the country. Ostensibly passed to curb money laundering and terrorism funding, it is believed that the law will be used to stifle dissent, discriminate, and delegitimize NGOs.

The new law requires that organisations that receive more than €24,000 a year as foreign funds should register as “foreign-supported organisation.” They will be required to list any foreign sponsors providing them with more than about $1,800 a year. Such NGOs will be labelled as “foreign-funded” in every public appearance.  The reporting requirements for foreign funded NGOs have been enhanced, and the Rules provide for closure in case of non-compliance.