On Wednesday, a sharply criticized law enters into force in Hungary. It prohibits the dissemination of content that is considered to promote homosexuality to children under 18 years of age.
The law, passed June 15, also bans advertising that portrays homosexuality as part of a normal society. The country’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has curtailed the rights of homosexuals and other minorities during his reign.
It has been heavily criticized by human rights organizations and opposition parties in the country.
For example, in May last year, Parliament passed a law preventing transgender people from changing gender in their official papers.
Orbán’s Fidesz party has linked the new ban to a law that will punish pedophiles more severely. That law is supported by many parties, which is why it has been difficult for them to vote against the new law.
Critics say, among other things, that the law mistakenly links homosexuality and pedophilia. The human rights organization Amnesty International fears that the new law will lead to an increase in homophobia and abuse of LGBT people in Hungary.
“It is very worrying for young LGBTI people and young people in Hungary in general, because this proposal bans education on homosexuality, gender identity and other related topics,” said Helle Jacobsen, Amnesty International’s gender director, in connection with the adoption. of the law.
The new law has also been heavily criticized in the European Union.
For example, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, has said that, for him, Hungary no longer has a place in the EU.
At a summit in late June, Viktor Orbán said he “defends the rights of homosexuals” and called himself a “freedom fighter”.
Orbán has been in power in Hungary since 2010 and was last re-elected in 2018. The next election in the country is in 2022.
Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.
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