May 29, 2018 / 4:15 PM / a year ago

U.N. urges Hungary to scrap bill taking aim at refugees, NGOs

GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR urged Hungary on Tuesday to scrap a draft law restricting non-governmental organisations, saying it would deprive refugees and asylum-seekers of vital services and abet “rising xenophobic attitudes”.

The legislation is a key aspect of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s anti-immigration programme and was submitted to parliament earlier in the day.

“UNHCR is seriously concerned that these proposals, if passed, would deprive people who are forced to flee their homes of critical aid and services, and further inflame tense public discourse and rising xenophobic attitudes,” the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a statement.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; editing by Mark Heinrich

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