April 11, 2012
(Budapest) Hungarian police should immediately revoke their decision to refuse planners of the 2012 Pride March permission to pursue their chosen route, Human Rights Watch said today. The march should be allowed to go ahead as planned on July 7. The police also have an obligation to facilitate the peaceful passage of the Pride March, protect the safety of the participants, and ensure that anti-gay protesters are not allowed to disrupt or interfere with the march, Human Rights Watch said.
On April 6, the Budapest police department refused permission for the Pride March, “a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) culture” to hold their event along their chosen route, stating that it would be impossible to redirect traffic.
“Traffic hasnâ€™t stopped other marches from going ahead on the same route,” said Lydia Gall, Eastern Europe and Balkans researcher at Human Rights Watch.
“celebration of LGBT culture”? What culture?
Here’s the latest stance of Human Rights Watch barking bitch, Lydia Gall.
March 12, 2013
Hungary: Constitution Changes Warrant EU Action
Brussels – The EU should take resolute action in response to the latest constitutional changes adopted in the Hungarian parliament, Human Rights Watch said today.
“These latest changes leave no doubt about the Hungarian governmentâ€™s contempt for the rule of law,” said Lydia Gall, Eastern Europe and Balkans researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The governmentâ€™s willingness to bypass the constitutional court and subvert the constitution for its own political ends underscores the need for a concerted EU response.”
These are some of the amendments to the constitution adopted on March 11:
Limit the mandate of the Constitutional Court, preventing it from referring to its own rulings prior to January 1, 2012, when a new constitution came into force, and ending its power to review the substance of amendments to the constitution.
Define family narrowly as that founded on marriage between a man and a woman or as a parent-child relationship. In December 2012, the Constitutional Court had struck down legal provisions in the Act on Protection of Families which limited family to that based on marriage between a man and a woman plus dependent children as â€œexcessively restrictiveâ€ after they were referred to the court by the countryâ€™s ombudsman. The new provisions continue to discriminate against unmarried and same-sex families.
Limit religious freedom by giving parliament the sole right to decide which religious organizations are considered â€˜churchesâ€™ for the purpose of domestic legislation. In February 2013, the Constitutional Court struck down as procedurally unfair a law that led to most religious organizations in Hungary losing their status as churches, denying them state funding, including for service provision.