August 2, 2021

Ursula von der Leyen calls “shame” Hungarian law banning the “promotion” of homosexuality

” A shame. ” This is how the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, on Wednesday 23 June described the Hungarian law prohibiting the « promotion » homosexuality among minors. Brussels will send a letter to Budapest expressing its “Concerns” legally before the entry into force of this law which “Discriminates against people on the basis of their sexual orientation”, the head of the European executive told the press.

A declaration, currently supported by fifteen Member States, called on the Commission to act after the adoption of this text, on June 15, in Budapest.

The law, on the initiative of the sovereignist party of the Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, provides that “Pornography and content that depicts sexuality or promotes gender identity deviation, sex reassignment and homosexuality should not be accessible to those under the age of 18”.

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“This text goes against all the fundamental values ​​of the European Union [UE] : human dignity, equality and fundamental human rights. We will not compromise on these principles ”, to warn you Mme von der Leyen. And to add:

“I firmly believe in an EU where you can be yourself and free to love whoever you want (…). I will use all the powers of the Commission to guarantee the rights of all EU citizens, wherever they live. “

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Power to initiate infringement proceedings

The fifteen member states say “Deeply worried” by provisions “Discriminatory against LGBTQI people [lesbiennes, gay, bisexuelles, trans, queer et intersexes] and violating the right to freedom of expression under the pretext of protecting children ”, in this statement launched Tuesday.

Launched by Belgium, it has already been signed by the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Ireland, Austria, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Finland, Sweden , as well as the three Baltic countries.

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Portugal also supported this approach, while saying that it could not formally endorse it because of the duty of neutrality imposed on it by the rotating EU presidency. “We are examining the law and seeing if and how it infringes European law”, Commission Vice-President Vera Jourova said on Tuesday.

The Commission has the power to initiate infringement proceedings for violation of EU law against a country, which may lead to a referral to the European Court of Justice.

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The World with AFP