Hungarian academics (including this blogger) protested against the referendum held on 2 October 2016
Hungarian Academics’ declaration on the Hungarian referendum on the European asylum quota
We, undersigned academics concerned over the future of our country and of Europe adopt the following declaration as a sign of protest:
The quota referendum initiated by the government is senseless, unconstitutional and inhuman.
The referendum is senseless because there is no European initiative for ‘forced resettlement.’ The possible European quota regulation would aim at sharing asylum seekers in proportion to the Member States’ capabilities, in contrast to the standing rules that put disproportionate burden on border states, including Hungary. Under a quota system, Hungary should receive not more but less asylum seekers than under the current Dublin regime. The quota referendum and the governmental campaign -- that misinforms rather than informs voters -- are inadequate to address pressing moral and political questions raised by asylum.
It is unconstitutional, because a referendum can concern questions that are within the powers of the Parliament. European norms are adopted not by the Hungarian Parliament, but by the European institutions that include Hungarian representatives. The fact that the question could be put to a referendum is itself a sign that formerly independent institutions are now under undue political influence. The initiative of the government is discrediting the institution of the referendum.
The referendum is inhuman because it aims at denying support to people who are seeking to save their lives. Helping fellow human beings is a basic norm of European as well as universal human culture, a fundamental tenet of religious teachings, something that we considered self-evident at better times of our history. Those years when we turned against this solidarity are now remembered as the darkest pages of our history. The initiative of the government and the surrounding hate campaign is not only an impediment to the European quest for a common solution, but is also a move to turn the Hungarian nation against its noble traditions. As teachers and researchers, we cannot even tacitly provide support to this.
Source: http://www.peticiok.com/oktatok_es_kutatok_a_kvotanepszavazasrol (scroll down for the English text)
Covering up: how the Hungarian Government mistranslates its own referendum question to hide its real content
In a typical move the government falsely translates the referendum question of 2 October 2016 into English on its website:
For earlier posts in English please check the general (Hungarian) blog!