Hungarian ombudsman won’t review controversial LGBTQI+ law

In his reply to independent MP Bernadett Szél, Kozma said he would closely monitor the application of the law, because he believes “the real human rights impact of the law will be seen in its practical application.” [EPA-EFE/ROBIN UTRECHT]

Hungary’s commissioner for fundamental rights, Ákos Kozma, has said a controversial law prohibiting the “portrayal or promotion” of LGBTQI+ content to minors does not prevent LGBTQI+ issues from featuring in public education, Telex reported.

In his reply to independent MP Bernadett Szél, Kozma said he would closely monitor the application of the law, because he believes “the real human rights impact of the law will be seen in its practical application.”

“I will pay particular attention to the support that children under the age of 18, who have or are in the process of developing an LGBTQI identity, voluntarily choose to receive in order to live out the spiritual processes that this entails,” the head of the national human rights institution and equality body wrote.

“There’s nothing to sugar-coat: the commissioner for fundamental rights has failed utterly in his curbing the power that targets gay youth,” MP Szél said in response, adding that “sadly, his response practically reflected the propaganda’s turns of phrase.”

(Vlagyiszlav Makszimov | EURACTIV.com with Telex)

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