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Minister of Human Capacities of Hungary introduced his Ministers of State

Ministry of Human Capacities’ Parliamentary State Secretary remains unchanged Bence Rétvári, as well as the leader of the Deputy State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians Tristan Azbej after government changes following parliamentary elections in Hungary in 2018.


Following Hungary’s parliamentary election on 8 April 2018, the new Minister of Human Capacities Miklós Kásler introduced his new Ministers of State on Monday in Budapest. The Minister thanked his predecessor Zoltán Balog for having moved the Ministry in the spiritual direction which leads to the attainment of their goals.

Dr. Miklós Kásler described the newly appointed Ministers of State as experienced experts in their respective areas, and that he had selected his Ministers of State in a way which ensures that qualified and talented people head each sector under his supervision. Mr Kásler said they had been given a mandate to make the lives of the Hungarian people better and more beautiful.

According to this well-put perspective, the Ministry of Human Capacities’ Parliamentary State Secretary remains unchanged: Bence Rétvári, as well as the leader of the Deputy State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians: Tristan Azbej.

The establishment of the Deputy State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians within the Ministry of Human Capacities goes back less than two years to October 2016, under Government Decree No. 1513/2016 (IX.22.) by the Hungarian Government.

This new and to European standards perhaps exemplary new governmental unit 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.

As it is clearly proclaimed on the official page of the Deputy State Secretariat:

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.”

Sources:, MTI,

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