(IRISH TIMES) — Hungary is establishing a special government office to help Christians who face persecution, amid more fierce criticism over its alleged mistreatment of mostly Muslim refugees seeking protection in Europe.
Officials say the new section of Hungary’s ministry for human resources will seek to ease the plight of Christian communities threatened by radical Islamist groups in the Middle East, while also monitoring anti-Christian discrimination in Europe.
What the office can achieve remains unclear, however, as do the facts around government claims to have quietly given sanctuary to about 1,000 Coptic Christians from Egypt in the last two years.
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The creation of the office has drawn praise from Christian groups, but stands in stark contrast to the government’s attitude towards Muslims migrants, whom Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban has called a “poison” that threatens the security and culture of Europe.