Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban has introduced a referendum on his nation’s controversial new anti-LGBTIQ law – in response to criticism from the European Union which referred to as the brand new laws discriminatory.
The law, handed final month by the Hungarian parliament, bans displaying content material on homosexuality or gender change to under-18s in class sex-education programmes or media that reaches minors.
In a Fb video on Wednesday (21 July), Orban urged the general public to vote ‘no’ when being requested whether or not they help the “promotion” of content material associated to sexual-orientation to minors. The referendum will current 5 questions on these issues.
“The future of our children is at stake, so we cannot cede ground in this issue,” stated Orban, who faces elections in April 2022.
“In the past weeks, Brussels has clearly attacked Hungary over its child-protection law. Hungarian laws do not permit sexual propaganda in kindergartens, schools, on television and in advertisements,” he added.
“When the pressure against our homeland is so strong, only the common will of the people can defend Hungary,” he additionally stated.
Earlier this month, the European Fee launched authorized motion towards Hungary over the brand new anti-LGBTIQ laws – described earlier by the president of the EU govt, Ursula von der Leyen, as a “shame”.
On Tuesday, the second EU-wide rule-of-law report highlighted the deteriorating scenario of democratic requirements in Hungary at a vital second, since Budapest continues to be awaiting the EU govt approval of its €7.2bn restoration plan.
The fee has expressed issues over the independence of the judiciary and media pluralism, however the report fell wanting mentioning the controversial new laws.
At a summit final month, EU leaders slammed the anti-LGBTIQ law – prompting Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte to ask Hungary to go away the EU if it doesn’t respect elementary values.
A complete of 17 EU international locations argued in a press release that the law “discriminate[s] against LGBTIQ persons and violate[s] the right to freedom of expression under the pretext of protecting children”.
Holding referendums in Hungary have been banned as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.