Concern with Hungary’s Sovereign Defense Authority Law 

Concern with Hungary’s Sovereign Defense Authority Law 

PRESS STATEMENT 

MATTHEW MILLER, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON 

DECEMBER 20, 2023 

The United States is concerned by the Hungarian government’s decision today to enact a new law which equips the Hungarian government with draconian tools that can be used to intimidate and punish those with views not shared by the ruling party. The “Sovereign Defense Authority” could be used to subject Hungarian citizens, businesses, and organizations to intrusive investigations with no judicial oversight, even if they have had no contact with or support from a foreign government or foreign entity. This new law is inconsistent with our shared values of democracy, individual liberty, and the rule of law.

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