Hungary’s anti-LGBTQ law breaches international rights standards – European rights body


BUDAPEST, Dec. 14 (Reuters) – Hungary’s law banning teaching on homosexuality and transgender issues in schools violates international human rights standards, the Council of Europe expert panel on human rights said Tuesday.

The law passed in June, which has caused concern in the LGBTQ + community and sharp criticism from the European Union, bans the use of materials seen as promoting homosexuality and gender reassignment in schools, ostensibly as a measure to prevent child abuse .

The constitutional law experts of the Venice Commission concluded that the amendments are inconsistent with international human rights standards and do not guarantee access to objective and unbiased information on gender identity and sexual orientation for children.

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“On the contrary: The changes help to create a” threatening environment “in which LGBTQI children can be exposed to health risks, bullying and harassment,” the panel said in its assessment.

“The changes only leave room for one-sided and biased teaching and open doors to stigma and discrimination against LGBTQI people,” the panel added.

The law was proposed by the government of nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who represents the defender of traditional Christian values ​​against “LGBT ideology” for the 2022 elections, which could see his Fidesz party face reunified opposition for the first time . Continue reading

Orban’s anti-LGBT campaign escalated in July and August with government billboards popping up across the country asking, “Are you afraid your child may be exposed to sexual propaganda?”

His ruling Fidesz Christian Democrats government, which faces tough elections next year, says LGBTQ rights and other such social issues should be decided by national governments. The law is meant to protect children, not the LGBTQ + community.

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Reporting by Krisztina Than Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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