Parliament’s ad-hoc committee investigating ethnic-based tension in north-eastern Hungary’s Gyongyospata has failed, and its report is “worrying and misleading,” Amnesty International Hungary said in a statement sent to MTI on Friday.
Orsolya Jeney, the head of the Hungarian branch of AI, said in the statement that the committee had failed to reveal all unlawful events in the village nor did it identify those actually responsible for them.
According to the statement, the committee’s conclusions are misleading and create a false impression that the actual problems were created by negative reactions in the foreign press or the exodus of women and children, who left the village when preparations were made for a paramilitary training camp in their neighbourhood.
The committee’s report overlooks the fact that the state did not ensure appropriate protection to all its citizens, said Jeney.
The report also neglected the police’s passive attitude when paramilitary and anti-Roma groups staged patrols in Gyongyospata in March and April last year, the statement said.
The committee “did not even make an attempt to assess the liability of state agencies and its final report acquits the state of all responsibility,” the document added.
The committee report was approved by votes of ruling parties in parliament on Thursday.
Gyongyospata in eastern Hungary was the flashpoint of friction between radical nationalists and the local Roma community which developed in March and April.
The government issued a decree in April designed to penalise civil guard activities conducted without prior approval by the police or feigning a right to act as a keeper of public order.