The Berlin International Human Rights Congress (BIHRC)

"Human Rights and Democracy in a Globalized World - Moving Towards an International Consensus"

(Berlin; October 1st - 4th, 2010)

Human Rights Introduction

May 2, 1989

Hungary opens its border to Austria

The barbwire fence separating Austria and Hungary is cut down to reopen the border between the two countries. Signalling the Iron Curtain’s dismantling, Alois Mock, the Austrian Foreign Minister, and Gyula Horn, the Hungarian Foreign Minister, together cut through the barbwire. Consequently, GDR citizens, by the thousands, flee from East Germany, increasing political pressure on the Communist bloc.