International rights body votes against monitoring Hungary
BRUSSELS, June 25 (Reuters) - The Council of Europe, which promotes democracy and human rights on the continent, voted on Tuesday against putting Hungary under surveillance over concerns about changes to its constitution.
"The parliamentary assembly voted not to go ahead with monitoring," said a spokesman for the 47-nation institution.
The European Union and the United States are worried about the constitutional amendments which Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's conservatives pushed through the Hungarian parliament in March, saying they are at odds with democratic ideals and weaken judicial independence.
(Reporting by Robin Emmott; editing by Robert-Jan Bartunek)