Thirteen EU countries condemn Viktor Orbán’s Hungary for the laws that “discriminate” against LGTBIQ groups and ask the Community Executive to consider taking the case before the European Justice. This was expressed in a statement released this Tuesday during the meeting of EU European Affairs ministers in Luxembourg.
UEFA bans lighting the stadium with the LGTB flag in the match between Germany and Hungary
In the declaration, the countries – Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Latvia – express their “deep concern” about the adoption by the Hungarian Parliament of legislation that “discriminates against LGTBIQ people and violates the right to freedom of expression under the pretext of protecting children.”
The countries that are not: Italy, Portugal (EU president in turn), Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Malta, Poland, Italy, Greece, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Romania and Hungary (as you would expect).
Exactly a week ago a law passed by the Hungarian Parliament prohibited, among other things, talk about homosexuality in schools, which has unleashed a rain of criticism from major human rights organizations and groups in defense of LGTBI rights.
The controversial measures are part of a bill against pedophilia, which also prohibits exposing minors under 18 to pornography and any content that encourages a change of sex and homosexuality.
In response to that legislation, the mayor of Munich, Dieter Reiter (SPD), proposed to illuminate the Munich stadium in solidarity with Hungarian LGTBI people and as a symbol of protest against the new LGTBphobic legislation promoted by the ultra-conservative Viktor Orbán. But UEFA on Tuesday prohibited lighting the stadium with the LGTB flag in Germany’s game against Hungary. In an official statement, UEFA stated that “racism, homophobia, machismo and other forms of discrimination are a stain on our societies and represent one of the biggest problems we face today in the field of game “and has also acknowledged that” discriminatory behavior has littered both games and online conversations regarding sport. ”
The amendments approved a week ago in the Hungarian Parliament to a series of laws (Child Protection Law, Law on Commercial Advertising Activities, Media Law, Family Protection Law and Public Education Law) “introduce the prohibition of ‘representation and promotion of gender identity different from sex at birth, sex change and homosexuality’ for those under 18 years of age “, state the EU governments, who argue:” It represents a flagrant form of discrimination based on sexual orientation sexuality, gender identity and expression and therefore deserves to be condemned. Inclusion, human dignity and equality are fundamental values of our European Union and we cannot negotiate with these principles. ”
According to the EU governments, “these amendments also violate freedom of expression, by limiting the freedom to express opinions and receive and impart information without the participation of the public authority, enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.”
Therefore, “the stigmatization of LGTBIQ people constitutes a clear violation of their fundamental right to dignity, according to the provisions of the EU Charter and international law.” And they conclude: “We urge the European Commission, as guardian of the Treaties, to use all the tools at its disposal to guarantee full respect for EU legislation, including referring the matter to the CJEU”.