Hungary criticised for blocking Europe-wide LGBT rights agreement

On March 10, 2016 Gay Times reported: Hungary has been criticised for blocking a Europe-wide agreement on LGBT rights.

The Dutch government, which holds European Union Presidency, had tabled a draft agreement calling on the European Commission to tackle anti-LGBT discrimination and promote LGBT equality.

While the agreement was welcomed by most of the EU’s members – including more conservative countries such as Latvia, Poland, and Lithuania – it was vetoed by representatives for Hungary.

A statement from the country’s right-wing government said: “Hungary is not in the position to agree with the list of actions to advance LGBTI equality.”

Now, three members of the EU’s Intergroup on LGBT rights have spoken out against Hungary’s decision to veto the agreement.

Austrian MEP Ulrik Lunacek said: “I strongly welcome the efforts by the Dutch Presidency to put this on the agenda and the attempt to reach unanimous Council Conclusions on the List of Actions.

“Although it is disappointing that the Hungarian government has taken this as an opportunity to show itself from its most homophobic side, the broad agreement among all other Member States is really a promising sign of increased LGBTI acceptance across Europe.”

Read more at Hungary criticised for blocking Europe-wide LGBT rights agreement – Gay Times.

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