Friday, March 10, 2023

We all have to stand with LGBTQ rights in Hungary

In a new report on Hungary, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) expresses concern over important issues, such as the adoption of restrictive laws and legislative changes that seriously undermine the human rights of LGBTQ people.

According to the report, political and other public discourse in Hungary has become “increasingly xenophobic” and has taken on “highly divisive and antagonistic overtones” in recent years, especially targeting refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, and LGBTQ persons

ECRI requests “priority implementation” for two recommendations addressed to the Hungarian authorities, necessitating follow-up action within the next two years: 

  • to commission an independent review of legislative measures adopted during the period of “state of danger”, their impact on groups of concern to ECRI, including LGBTQ persons, and their compliance with Council of Europe and other human rights standards in the fields of equality and non-discrimination;
  • to enhance the capacity of law enforcement agencies to identify and address racist and LGBTQ-phobic hate speech and hate crime by providing more targeted and practical training on the 2019 police hate crime protocol.

Other report recommendations include the following: 

  • to organise a nation-wide awareness-raising campaign on the avenues of complaints available to victims of discrimination;
  • to take urgent steps at legislative level to ensure legal recognition of a person’s gender through procedures that are quick, transparent and accessible to all and based on self-determination; 

You can read the report here

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