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Hungary: demonstration in Budapest against a law banning the representation of homosexuality

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More than 5,000 Hungarians demonstrated on Monday (June 14th) in Budapest (Hungary) against a law expected to be approved by Parliament on Tuesday and which will ban the “representation“of homosexuality and transidentity in the public space. If the legislation is adopted, freedom of expression and rights will be “severely limited”NGOs have said, accusing Hungary of copying dictatorial models that go against European values.

The amendments in question are part of an arsenal of measures for the protection of minors and aimed at combating pedophilia, an amalgam denounced by the independent website Telex. Hungarian authorities have been attacking the rights of LGBT people for several years. In December 2020, Hungary had already made adoption by same-sex couples impossible and prohibited the registration of the change of sex in the civil registry.

EU bans discrimination based on sexual orientation

A commercial television channel, RTL Klub Hungary, said on Monday that if the law is passed, films like Bridget Jones, Harry potter or Billy Eliot, in which homosexuality is mentioned, should be prohibited for minors. Educational programs or advertisements, such as that of Coca-Cola representing a couple of men who had sparked boycott calls in 2019, would no longer be authorized, according to the 11-page document consulted by AFP.

“Tomorrow, when MPs vote, they will have to remember that they are playing with people’s lives as part of their cruel political campaigns.”Amnesty International, which called for a protest, said in a statement.

Hungary has been a member of the European Union (EU) since 2004, whose Charter of Fundamental Rights prohibits any discrimination based on sexual orientation. Before Viktor Orban’s return to power in 2010, Hungary was one of the most progressive countries in the region: homosexuality had been decriminalized there in the early 1960s and civil union between same-sex spouses was recognized. since 1996.

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