With the so-called “Stop Soros” law, Hungary is violating current EU law.

That was decided by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg on Tuesday.

Under the law, Hungary punishes, among other things, organizations that support asylum procedures in cases where the Hungarian criteria are not met.

This action by Hungary would restrict the rights guaranteed by the EU for people seeking international protection, the court said in its ruling. 

In 2018, Hungary passed a package of measures known as the “Stop Soros” law.

The name refers to the US philanthropist George Soros, who supports Hungarian aid organizations.

In addition to punishing organizations that support asylum procedures even if the government in Budapest sees their criteria not being met, the package of measures also addresses reasons for rejecting asylum applications.

These are rejected if the asylum seeker entered a country in which he was not threatened with persecution or imminent danger.