The condemnation is official and formal: with a resolution passed yesterday in Strasbourg, the deputies of the EU Parliament blamed the new Hungarian anti-LGBTQ law “as decisively as possible” clear violation of EU values, principles and lawAnd urged the European Commission to launch a rapid legal action against the government of Viktor Orbán.
🏳️🌈 Condemnation of anti-LGBTQ legislation in Hungary
⚖️ Protection of fundamental values
🌱 Priorities for environmental policy
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Hungarian law says that “in order to ensure the protection of children’s rights, pornography and content that depicts sexuality as an end in itself or that promotes deviation from gender identity, gender change and homosexuality should not be made available to people under the age of eighteen», And sex education classes« should not be aimed at promoting gender segregation, gender change or homosexuality ».
The president of the commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has already reiterated several times that the law is a “shame”: “Puts homosexuality and gender reassignment on par with pornography“, has explained. “This law exploits the protection of children, which we all care about, using it as an excuse to severely discriminate against people on the basis of their sexual orientation. This law is shameful ».
Ursula von der Leyen promised to use the powers of the EU executive to protect citizens’ rights and sent a formal letter to the Orbán government.
The resolution passed by the EU Parliament, although not binding, argues that Hungarian law violates the rights to non-discrimination and freedom of expression. The text condemns the law that is “in the harshest possible terms” part “of a broader agenda that is leading to the dismantling of democracy and the rule of law “. And he appeals to the Commission and the EU Council to “finally recognize the urgency of action in defense of the values enshrined in Article 2 of the Treaty”. In total, 459 deputies voted in favor (147 against and 58 abstentions). MEPs also argue that the Hungarian authorities cannot be trusted with ‘non-discriminatory’ management of EU funds.
Meanwhile, Orbán promises a strenuous defense of his law: “We in Central Europe know what it is like when the state party or the dictatorial system and the monopoly of power it runs, want to raise children instead of their parents,” he said. “We didn’t allow the Communists, so we won’t even allow these self-styled apostles of liberal democracy to educate children instead of their Hungarian parents.”