BosNewsLife reported yesterday that in Hungary, the country's Ombudsman who is elected by Parliament to protect fundamental civil rights is asking the Constitutional Court to overturn the country's recently enacted Law on the Right to Freedom of Conscience and Religion, and on Churches, Religions and Religious Community. The Constitutional Court struck down an earlier version of the law last year on procedural grounds. (See prior posting.) The law recognizes only 14 religious faiths, instead of the 300 that have previously recognized, and permits others to apply to Parliament for recognition if they have been operating in Hungary for at least 20 years. Under this provision Parliament has recognized 18 additional groups. The Ombudsman contends that the provision in the law that gives Parliament the unreviewable power to decide which groups will be recognized is "contrary to the principle of separation of power, to the right to fair procedure and to the right to legal remedy." Formal recognition gives churches tax-free status and access to government support. It also authorizes them to collect contributions during services and do pastoral work in jails and hospitals.