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Hungarian Civil Liberties Union

Budapest, Hungary
Joined July 2016
Presence in: Hungary
Focus: Access to Information, Education, Family, Governance, Health, Other

Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) is the leading human rights advocacy NGO in Hungary for over two decades. The HCLU monitors legislation, pursues strategic litigation, conducts public education and launches awareness raising media campaigns. Our lawyers provide free legal aid service in about 2000 cases per year and this number is increasing. The HCLU, with headquarters in Budapest, litigates across the country and all the way to the Hungarian Supreme Court. The HCLU’s activities cover two major areas: the protection of civil liberties and the safeguarding equality for the most disadvantaged groups.

People Associated With This Organization

Stefania Kapronczay

Hungary  
Hungarian Civil Liberties Union
Joined July 2016
Interests: Access to Information, Citizenship, Education, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Health
Stefánia Kapronczay currently serves as the Executive Director of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (since July, 2013). The HCLU is currently looking to further strengthening its empowerment and public education activities. Kapronczay graduated cum laude from the Faculty of Law at ELTE as lawyer, also completed a five-year master program in sociology in 2010. Kapronczay started working at the HCLU in 2005 and she was the Head of the Patients’ Rights Program from March 2008 to August 2012. As program director Kapronczay lead HCLU's effort to stop restrictions on reproductive rights, criminalization of homelessness and foster the rights of persons with disabilities. Between August 2012 and July 2013 she was a scholar at Stanford University, attending courses on human rights and public interest work and graduating as Master of the Science of Law. Stefania wrote her dissertation on the sexual and reproductive rights of people with disabilities. She was elected as the co-chair of the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations in May, 2014. Stefania is an honorary member to The City For All, grassroots organization of homeless people, member to the advisory board of the Rajk László College for Advanced Studies.

Stefania Kapronczay

Hungary  
Hungarian Civil Liberties Union
Joined August 2021
The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union is a human rights NGO. Since our foundation in 1994, we have been working for everybody being informed about their fundamental human rights and empowered to enforce it against the undue interference by those in position of public power. HCLU monitors legislation, pursues strategic litigation, provides free legal aid assistance in more than 2500 cases per year, provides trainings and launches awareness raising media campaigns in order to mobilize the public. It stands by citizens unable to defend themselves, assisting them in protecting their basic rights. We are present at courts, national and international conferences, universities, in the capital and at the countryside. HCLU is working with a staff of 39 people and with an annual budget of approximately 219 million HUF. We do not accept any funding by the Hungarian state nor any donation from political parties. Our revenues are from private individuals, companies and private foundations. HCLU is led by Executive Director, Ms. Stefania Kapronczay and Director of Programs, Mr. Mate Daniel Szabo. They share the responsibility of strategy-making and overseeing the legal and policy work of the HCLU’s programs. HCLU’s daily operations are run by a staff of 39: heads of project, project officers, communications personnel, a video advocacy team, attorneys, administrative staff, fundraising staff. The organization also has a strong and active volunteer base with close to 100 members. The directors are appointed by a five-member Board. Members of the Board are elected by the General Assembly of the HCLU association. The association also has a three-member Surpervisory Board which oversees the legality of HCLU operations.

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