Last month, Hungary’s parliament in Budapest signed off on the reissuing of a controversial law forbidding the homeless from loitering in public areas throughout the city. The criteria for the law at this point is very vague. However, it applies to all World Heritage sites and includes any areas declared by local municipal officials to be off-limits to the homeless. Those in breach of the law can be fined, sentenced to community service or even imprisoned.
Hungary’s treatment of the homeless has triggered criticism from human rights campaigners and international bodies including the Venice Commission, an advisory body to the Council of Europe.