CEJI expresses full solidarity with the LGBT community in light of recent Hungarian legislation
CEJI-A Jewish contribution to an inclusive Europe hereby expresses its full solidarity with the LGBT community and joins the list of organizations in Hatter Society’s “You are not alone” campaign that publicly condemns the recent Hungarian anti-LGBT legislation.
The legislation prohibits teachers from teaching about issues such as homosexuality, but also TV channels and advertisements from including them in their broadcasts if people under 18 can see it.
This is clearly breaching the fundamental values of the EU as stated in Article 2 of the Treaty of the European Union that includes “respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities”. It is also in clear violation of the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights.
Throughout the years, CEJI has been actively working with the LGBT community. The Facing Facts network has started with a cooperation between Jewish and LGBT organizations in 2011 under the first Facing Facts project, that grew into a wide partnership of organizations working to improve national responses and recording of hate crime and hate speech. Through the Facing All the Facts project, CEJI coordinated the development of an online course on recognizing the bias indicators of anti-LGBT hate crimes, complemented by a guide for police officers.
CEJI remains committed to its vision of a Europe of diversity and respect, and to tackle all forms of discrimination by joining forces with other communities.
For further information, read the public statements of Hatter Society and ILGA-Europe.