This story reports the critical comments of Thorbjorn Jagland, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, with respect to Hungary’s comparatively restrictive policies on official recognition of religious organizations.  According to the story, official status grants the religious institution certain benefits, including various subsidies and tax advantages.  The new law reduced the number of officially recognized religions from 350 to 32, and there have been criticisms that it is insufficiently accommodating of religious liberty.  Something headed to the ECtHR.?

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