“I felt concerned by the recent story on Triratna News about the impending loss of religous freedom in Hungary, so I have written to my MP, to my MEP, to the UK Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. I hope to report back here again if I get any useful replies. In the meantime, please feel free to use my text to do the same if you’d like to:
Dear Rt Hon … MP
First of all, I hope you are well. Please can I extend my appreciation to you for all the hard work you do on behalf of your constituents and in Westminster. In spite of all the associated tribulations, I am aware that in world terms we are fortunate indeed to have accountable people endeavouring to serve the best interests of the nation in such a dedicated way.
I am writing regarding an urgent matter connected with basic freedoms in the European Community.
I understand that this year a nationalist government was elected in Hungary with an overwhelming majority. Apparently the new government has re-written the Hungarian Constitution, effectively outlawing all but a few Christian and Jewish congregations. In other words, the activities of non-Christian/Jewish organisations in Hungary will soon be illegal. I gather that the change is due to come into effect on 1st January 2012.
Some concerned friends have organised an online petition which can be viewed at www .refuge. hu
Please can you tell me if you know anything about this matter?
I would be interested to hear if you think there is reasonable cause for concern?
If there is, please could you advise next appropriate steps?
Please do you know if the new Hungarian constitution violate in any way basic codes of the European Community?
If so, will the European Community tolerate this action by one of its member states? Can it bring any influence to bear in this matter?
Would it be helpful to also involve the European Court of Human Rights, or the United Nations Commission on Human Rights?
If there is reasonable cause for concern, please could you advise on how best to take this matter forwards?
In eager anticipation of your urgent and considerate attention,