“Brussels bureaucrats have nothing to look for here,” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in a video posted on Facebook on Thursday. He referred to the debate on Wednesday in the European Parliament on the Hungarian Child Protection Act, which, among other things, prohibits the promotion of homosexuality in schools.
Viktor Orbán declared that the law adopted in Hungary was useful and that the positions were fully clarified. “The European Parliament and the European Commission want us to allow LGBT activists and organizations in schools and kindergartens. Hungary does not want that,” he said.
According to the Hungarian prime minister, the dispute is over who decides how to raise children. – According to the basic treaties of the European Union, it is clear that the Hungarians, that is, it is a matter of national competences. Orban declared that the bureaucrats in Brussels have nothing to look for here, and whatever they do, we will not allow the LGBT activists among our children to enter kindergarten and school.
Debate about action
in the European Parliament There was a discussion on Wednesday on Hungarian law. According to the Vice-President of the European Commission, Vera Jourova, some provisions “unequivocally discriminate against people on the basis of their sexual orientation and violate the fundamental values of the European Union”. According to Jadwiga Wiśniewska (PiS), an MEP from Poland, there is an attempt to interfere with the Hungarian constitution by a “left-liberal majority”.
The Hungarian Parliament passed a law on June 15 stating that sex-related activities in school should not promote “sex change” or homosexuality. Such classes, with the exception of school teachers, will be permitted only by persons and organizations listed on the official record. The state should protect “the right of the child to maintain a gender-appropriate identity at birth.”
The law prohibits making pornographic content available to persons under the age of 18, as well as content that promotes “sex change” registered at birth, as well as homosexuality.
The law also tightens the penalties stipulated in the Criminal Code for certain crimes related to child pornography, up to 20 years in prison, and provides for the establishment of a registry for perpetrators of child sexual abuse.
Von der Leyen spoke of “a disgrace”
Some EU politicians have realized that the new regulations target homosexuals. The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, described this act as “shame” that “clearly discriminates against people on the basis of their sexual orientation”. Von der Leyen stressed that in her opinion this “contradicts the fundamental values of the European Union such as human dignity, equality and respect for human rights”.
Hungarian authorities argue that the law guarantees the rights of parents to sexual education of children and does not apply to the rights of sexual orientation of persons over the age of 18, and therefore does not contain any discriminatory element.
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