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Homeless ban in Hungary

October 09 2013
Government makes second attempt at banning homelessness i


The Hungarian Government is attempting to ban homelessness for the second time, after the country’s high court ruled the ban went against the constitutional right to human dignity.

The repeal meant that homeless people were no longer subject to fines and imprisonment if they were found sleeping on the streets.

However in the last year, the Government has responded by changing the constitution and the new bill, re-introducing the ban is expected to be passed later this month.

The Hungarian parliament is currently debating a bill that would allow local municipalities to fine and eventually jail people for living on the streets. The bill, which was proposed by the conservative government, is likely to pass in the first week of October. The move has met with widespread international condemnation.

An estimated 30,000 to 35,000 homeless people live in Hungary.