The Budapest Appeals Court upheld a ruling on Tuesday stating that the ruling Fidesz party and its former spokesman Péter Hoppál are expected to publish an open letter of apology over bringing the Hungarian Helsinki Committee NGO into disrepute. Fidesz first said in the summer of 2013 that civil organisations, including the committee, attacked the Hungarian government, Fidesz and the prime minister at the behest of the United States, the court said. Hoppál had said that organisations supported by financier György Soros, including the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, are “bogus civil organisations” and function as “paid extras” that receive millions of dollars with the sole purpose of attacking the government, Fidesz and the prime minister. In August 2013, the committee’s co-leader, Kristóf András Kádár, called on Hoppál to apologise. Kádár said that for two decades the Hungarian Helsinki Committee had been critical of all Hungarian governments and it had received funding from Soros all along. The human rights situation in Hungary was criticised before the United Nations and the Council of Europe between 2002 and 2010 the same way as between 2010 and 2013, he added. The open letter must be published in two dailies and fidesz.hu.