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Hungary: Homophobic discriminatory bill and constitutional amendments pass

Reacting to the Hungarian parliament’s decision to adopt a law that will strip non-married couples of the right to adoption and two constitutional amendments which further restrict the rights of LGBTI+ people, leading human rights organisations have come together to condemn the decision. David Vig, Director of Amnesty Hungary, said: “This is a dark day for Hungary’s LGBTI+ community and a dark day for human rights. These discriminatory, homophobic and transphobic new laws – rushed through under the cover of the coronavirus pandemic – are just the latest attack on LGBTI+ people by Hungarian

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Hungary: Homophobic adoption bill part of ongoing attack on LGBTI+ community

MoJ in Budapest, Hungary
MoJ in Budapest, Hungary © Martin Jani

The Hungarian Parliament is expected to vote on a bill tomorrow which would prohibit adoption for non-married couples and further restrict the rights of LGBTI+ people in the country. Ahead of tomorrow’s vote Amnesty International is calling on Hungarian MPs to reject these “draconian” amendments. If passed, the bill would amend the Hungarian Constitution to state that “mother is a female and father is a male” and that Hungary “protects self-identity of the children’s sex by birth”. Amnesty is concerned this would further stigmatise the transgender and intersex people in Hungary. David Vig

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PROTECT TRANSGENDER AND INTERSEX PEOPLE’S RIGHTS

Protect transgender and intersex people's rights

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According to international and regional human rights standards, individuals should be able to obtain legal gender recognition through quick, accessible and transparent procedures and in accordance with their own perceptions of gender identity.  States must ensure that individuals can obtain documents reflecting their name and gender identity, without being required to satisfy criteria that in themselves violates their human rights.  

The new provisions of the law contradict Hungary’s international human rights obligations and its Fundamental Law in relation to several rights. Article 33 requires the recording of individuals’ sex by birth in the national registry of birth, marriages and deaths, which cannot be changed later. This means that individuals’ identification documents would contain the same, unchangeable information, preventing transgender and intersex people from registering their names and obtaining associated documents in accordance to their gender identity. These provisions severely violate the right of transgender and intersex people to dignity, their right to privacy and family life, and their right to legal recognition of their gender based on self-determination (see https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/eur27/2085/2020/en/).

Individuals whose official documents do not reflect their gender identity, name or gender expression will have to disclose that they are transgender every time they produce these documents. In many situations, this is likely to be a daily occurrence. In situations where official documents are required to obtain goods or services – for example, in finding employment, enrolling in education, obtaining housing, or claiming welfare benefits – transgender and intersex individuals will be forced to give up aspects of their right to private lives in order to obtain them.

In Hungary, transgender and intersex people are often subject to discrimination, in particular in employment, education, accessing goods and services, and housing. This new law represents the latest attempt to curtail transgender and intersex people’s rights, and will lead to further discrimination, while attacks and hate crimes against transgender and intersex people are expected to further intensify following the law’s entry into force.
 

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Hungary: decision to strip trans people of the right to legal gender recognition is a 'step into the dark ages'

Following today’s vote in parliament on new legislation that bans the legal recognition of transgender and intersex people in Hungary, Krisztina Tamás-Sáróy, Amnesty International’s Europe Researcher, said: “This decision pushes Hungary back towards the dark ages and tramples the rights of transgender and intersex people. It will not only expose them to further discrimination but will also deepen an already intolerant and hostile environment faced by the LGBTI community. “It is critical for Hungary’s Commissioner for Fundamental Rights to act urgently and request that the Constitutional Court

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Hungary: New coronavirus law 'bestows unlimited powers' on Orbán government

Viktor Orbán's Government can rule by decree People could face five years in jail for infringing sweeping new powers 'This bill creates an indefinite and uncontrolled state of emergency' - David Vig Following a decision by the Hungarian parliament to pass a new law that will allow the Government to rule by decree - without a clear end date or periodic reviews - under an extended state of emergency, David Vig, Amnesty International’s Hungary Director, said: “This bill creates an indefinite and uncontrolled state of emergency, and gives Viktor Orbán and his Government carte blanche to restrict

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Hungary: Emergency coronavirus law must not give Orbán 'indefinite and uncontrolled' powers

MoJ in Budapest, Hungary © Martin Jani

People could face five years in jail for infringing sweeping new powers Viktor Orbán has previously curtailed human rights and stoked hostility towards marginalised groups ‘This new law must not bestow unlimited powers to the government’ - David Vig As the Hungarian parliament prepares to vote on a new law on Monday that would allow the government to rule by decree - without a clear end date or periodic reviews - under an extended state of emergency, David Vig, Amnesty International’s Hungary Director, said: “This bill would create an indefinite and uncontrolled state of emergency, and give

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Urgent Action Outcome: Ahmed H. allowed to return home

Ahmed H. was permitted to return home to his family in Cyprus after spending almost four years separated from his family.

Outcome UA: 88/19

Hungary: Syrian man unjustly jailed finally allowed home to Cyprus

Ahmed H's daughters drew a picture of him with wings so he could fly home to them.
Ahmed H's daughters drew a picture of him with wings so he could fly home to them. © Private

Authorities in Cyprus have finally allowed Ahmed H to return to his family Authorities in Cyprus have finally allowed Ahmed H, a Syrian man unjustly convicted in Hungary in a blatant misuse of terrorism-related charges, to return to his family today. Responding to the news that Ahmed - who had been jailed in Hungary in 2015 - would return home, Giorgos Kosmopoulos, Director of Amnesty International Greece, said: “After four long years of separation Ahmed has finally been reunited with his family, just in time for his elder daughter’s tenth birthday. His return home to Cyprus is an overwhelming

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Urgent Action: Ahmed H. must be allowed to return home

Ahmed H. was conditionally released on 19 January 2019 and is being held in immigration detention in Hungary.

UA 88/19 issued 28/06/2019

Hungary: Release of Syrian man wrongly convicted of terrorism an 'overwhelming relief'

Ahmed H with his daughter
Ahmed H with his daughter © Private

Ahmed H was jailed as part of Hungarian government’s crackdown on human rights Hungarian authorities ‘will stop at nothing to demonise refugees and migrants’ - Eda Seyhan Ahead of tomorrow’s early release of Ahmed H, a Syrian man unfairly jailed for “complicity in act of terror” during clashes with border guards at the Serbia-Hungary border in September 2015, Eda Seyhan, Amnesty International’s Europe Counter Terrorism Campaigner, said: “After spending three-and-a-half years behind bars, Ahmed will finally be reunited with his wife and two young daughters. His release is an overwhelming relief

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