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> And Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Hungary aid agencies are under fire. Amnesty International says it is the subject of intimidation.>> In January the vice president of the ruling party in Hungary claimed that they need to swipe out these NGOs, because they are foreign agents. We see that this rhetoric resembles a lot to the one in Russia, or in Turkey, or in other countries where the civil society organizations are actually endangered by government activity.
>> For those here at his office in Budapest, and others, the situation stands to get worse. The Hungarian government is expected to submit a law this month forcing non government to organizations to declare their funding. It stands to stigmatized those receiving foreign money.>> The focal point to the friction, between the government and NGOs bring us here on Maurice report Jason Greece of the Hungarian border.
Where aid agencies' work with refugees and migrants has raised tensions.
>> Orban has taken a hardline on migrants. At a speech last week he criticized so-called rose-colored human rights dream talk. This expected law change is framed as promoting transparency and democratic legitimacy. Which one individual in particular is seen as a target. Prime Minister Viktor Orban is arguably US President Donald Trump's biggest cheerleader in the EU.
Since Trumps win Orban's government has intensified an attack on a mutual foe. George Soros, the Hungarian born US financier, has spent billions in the region funding human rights and liberal values. Soros and the NGOs he backs are being blamed for perceived ills. This leading to parallels with the recent crackdown in Russia.
A Hungarian government spokesperson told Reuters, they weren't copying the Kremlin. But added, some NGOs were using civil society for political activities. Onlookers worry that Hungary, an EU country, is increasingly borrowing from Vladimir Putin's playbook.