Hungarian Civil Liberties Union

The HCLU is a Hungarian human rights watchdog working independently of political parties, the state or any if its institutions. The HCLU’s aim is to promote the case of fundamental rights and principles laid down by the Constitution of the Republic of Hungary and by international conventions. Generally, it has the goal of building and strengthening civil society and the rule of law in Hungary and in the CEE region.

Its means of pursuing these objectives includes providing legal advice and advocacy, as well as public awareness campaigns and education programs. HCLU operates a legal hotline service operational 8 hours a day, and also provides an online legal counselling service. In the past, HCLU has contributed rigorously to parliamentary debates on legislation pertaining to fundamental civil liberties, and the organization regularly publishes policy papers concerning particularly issues in the Hungarian civil liberties regime. HCLU has been particularly active in the media freedom field, recently focussing on the impact of data retention as well as defamation reform.

Case Studies:

A chance to set a Europe-wide precedent on hyperlinking: A joint team from MLDI and the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union are taking a case to the European Court of Human Rights, whose ruling would set a new precedent on defamation by hyperlinking.

Contact information: 

T +36 1209 0046 - F +36 1279 0755