Atrocities and acts of violence committed on grounds of religion have significantly increased in the world over the last couple of years. International institutions dedicated to the research of religious freedom have unanimously reported that Christians face the highest level of persecution and discrimination. Indigenous minorities are at risk of eradication, despite having lived in peace with the surrounding peoples for centuries.
The Christian persecution of our times is an indication of global processes that can influence the future and the preservation of the identity of both Hungary and Europe in the long term. The tragedies of local communities, families and children point beyond themselves: they are proof of a threat to the very foundations of European culture and European values, and accordingly the situation can no longer be considered simply as the internal affairs of an individual country.
It is our moral duty to raise awareness and break the invisible walls of indifference through revealing the true phenomenon. Hungary also wishes to express its solidarity to those affected by the crisis.
This has led the Hungarian Government to establish a Deputy State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians within the Ministry of Human Capacities under Government Decree No. 1513/2016 (IX.22.).
The new governmental unit was launched on 15 October 2016 and focuses on two main areas: raising awareness and providing humanitarian aid in regions of crisis (e.g. financing/co-financing the construction of schools, hospitals, and community centres, and launching a special scholarship programme).
The ultimate goal is to help persecuted Christians remain in their ancient lands and to strengthen their communities.