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Hungary ably moved through its democratic and economic transitions in the 1990s to become members of NATO and the European Union by 2004. Hungary in this decade has seen democratic regression in such areas as judicial and media independence, fair electoral competition, and civic participation. Ethnic minority groups, in particular Hungary's sizable Roma community, face discrimination.
NDI has supported efforts by Roma activists to organize their communities to voice their human and citizenship rights. NDI has encouraged Roma and non-Roma youth to collaborate on community development projects, issue advocacy groups to press for clean water access and other basic infrastructure needs for Roma settlements, and has trained elected Roma mayors to serve their communities by engaging policymakers at the national level. Given the rise of xenophobic, anti-Semitic, and Islamophobic sentiment brought on in part by the European refugee crisis, NDI is piloting a regional initiative, based out of Hungary, to build interfaith and interethnic coalitions that can sustainably tackle xenophobia and religious-based discrimination in Central Europe.
NDI’s programs in Hungary are funded by the National Endowment for Democracy and the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.
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