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Hungary’s adoption of legislation akin to the Russian law against "LGBT propaganda" must be condemned

Written declaration No. 726 | Doc. 15344 | 22 July 2021

Signatories:
Mr Fourat BEN CHIKHA, Belgium, SOC ; Ms Thorhildur Sunna ÆVARSDÓTTIR, Iceland, SOC ; Ms Sibel ARSLAN, Switzerland, SOC ; Ms Theodora BAKOYANNIS, Greece, EPP/CD ; Ms Petra BAYR, Austria, SOC ; Ms Marina BERLINGHIERI, Italy, SOC ; Ms Margreet De BOER, Netherlands, SOC ; Mr Pedro CEGONHO, Portugal, SOC ; Mr Anastasios CHATZIVASILEIOU, Greece, EPP/CD ; Mr Boriss CILEVIČS, Latvia, SOC ; Mr Pierre-Alain FRIDEZ, Switzerland, SOC ; Mr Antonio GUTIÉRREZ LIMONES, Spain, SOC ; Mr Domagoj HAJDUKOVIĆ, Croatia, SOC ; Mr Christoph HOFFMANN, Germany, ALDE ; Mr Dimitrios KAIRIDIS, Greece, EPP/CD ; Ms Marietta KARAMANLI, France, SOC ; Mr František KOPŘIVA, Czech Republic, ALDE ; Ms Bisera KOSTADINOVSKA-STOJCHEVSKA, North Macedonia, SOC ; Mr Christophe LACROIX, Belgium, SOC ; Ms Inese LĪBIŅA-EGNERE, Latvia, EPP/CD ; Mr Pere LÓPEZ, Andorra, SOC ; Mr Jacques MAIRE, France, ALDE ; Ms Ada MARRA, Switzerland, SOC ; Mr Stefan SCHENNACH, Austria, SOC ; Mr Frank SCHWABE, Germany, SOC ; Mr Filippo SENSI, Italy, SOC ; Mr Aleksander STOKKEBØ, Norway, EPP/CD ; Ms Nicole TRISSE, France, ALDE

We, the undersigned, declare the following:

The adoption by the Hungarian Parliament on 15 June 2021 of a ban on the "portrayal and the promotion of gender identity different from sex at birth, the change of sex and homosexuality" for persons under the age of 18, in the Child Protection Act, the Act on Business Advertising Activity, the Media Act, the Family Protection Act and the Public Education Act, runs contrary to international human rights law and jurisprudence.

These provisions effectively prohibit the representation or communication of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and sexual characteristics in the public sphere, including in schools. They are similar to the 2013 Russian law against “LGBT propaganda”. This Russian law was widely condemned, including by the Venice Commission, the Parliamentary Assembly and UN Special Procedures mandate holders. The Hungarian law violates the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, the EU Treaties (TFEU and TEU), the Audiovisual Media Services Directive and the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive. In addition, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in 2017 in the case of Bayev and others v. Russia that the law violates Articles 10 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights; the Hungarian law therefore also violates the Court's case law.

We call on the Hungarian Government to repeal this legislation, and on international institutions to use all available means to protect the human rights of LGBTI people in Hungary.