Tag Archive | Hungary

INTERVIEW: HUNGARY – ‘Trans people are having our rights taken away’

INTERVIEW: HUNGARY – ‘Trans people are having our rights taken away’

CIVICUS speaks to Krisztina Kolos Orbán, Vice- President of the Transvanilla Transgender Association, a Hungarian organisation that advocates for trans people’s rights. Founded as a grassroots initiative in 2011, Transvanilla is the only organisation registered in Hungary with an exclusive focus on transgender rights and gender non-conforming issues. It drives advocacy on gender recognition and […]

Hungary is added to human rights watchlist

Hungary is added to human rights watchlist

Hungary has been added to a human rights watchlist as COVID-19 emergency measures restrict free speech and independent media The government has criminalised fake news about the pandemic, with penalties of up to five years in prison COVID-19 emergency measures allowed Victor Orbán to rule by decree, later revoked The state of civic freedoms in […]

Transgender couple in limbo as Hungary bans changes to identity papers

Transgender couple in limbo as Hungary bans changes to identity papers

For Hungarian transgender couple, Tamara Csillag and Elvira Angyal, life is on hold, their wedding postponed, and they are angry. Hungary last month banned people from changing their gender on identity documents, in a move LGBT+ advocates said was creating panic among transgender people, who feared an increase in discrimination and attacks.

Hungary: Parliament bans trans people from changing gender on IDs

Hungary: Parliament bans trans people from changing gender on IDs

Hungary’s parliament voted Tuesday to ban transgender people from changing their gender on identity documents, in a move that LGBT+ advocates said was creating panic among trans people, who feared an increase in discrimination and attacks. The legislature voted 133 to 57 to replace the Hungarian word ‘nem’, meaning sex or gender, with ‘sex at birth’ on […]

EU lawmakers condemn Hungary for trans ID reversal

EU lawmakers condemn Hungary for trans ID reversal

European Union (EU) lawmakers on Thursday criticised Hungary for trying to ban transgender people from changing their sex on some official documents as a “deliberate” attack on the community. The ruling Fidesz party proposed on Tuesday to change the law, so that birth, marriage, and death certificates show “sex at birth” – reversing a policy […]

Hungary: LGBTQI face increased government hostility – rights group

Hungary: LGBTQI face increased government hostility – rights group

(Reuters) – Hungary’s gay community is facing increased government ‘attacks’ and fears that its hard-won rights, and an improvement in public acceptance of them, may be at risk, a rights group said. The European Union has long criticised Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s right-wing government, over its record on the rule of law and civil liberties, […]

Homophobia rises in European countries without gay marriage

Homophobia rises in European countries without gay marriage

Homophobia has risen in European countries that do not legally recognise same-sex relationships, while acceptance of gay and lesbian people has jumped in states where they can marry, research released on Wednesday showed. Most European countries saw a rise in acceptance of same-sex relationships between 2002 and 2016, according to Hungarian researchers who analysed results […]

Hungary: Coca-Cola ads promoting gay tolerance stir furore

Hungary: Coca-Cola ads promoting gay tolerance stir furore

(Reuters) – Advertisements by Coca-Cola around a music festival in Hungary that promote gay acceptance have prompted a boycott call from a senior member of the conservative ruling party. The posters, in tandem with the week-long ‘Love Revolution’ event starting on Wednesday in Budapest, show gay people and couples smiling with slogans like “zero sugar, […]

EU court bars ‘gay test’ for asylum seekers

EU court bars ‘gay test’ for asylum seekers

Hungarian immigration officials should not have put a Nigerian asylum seeker through psychological tests, to determine whether he was telling the truth that he was gay, the EU’s top court ruled yesterday (Thursday 25 January). Effectively barring the use of sexual orientation testing as an invasion of “the most intimate aspects” of life, the Court […]

Hungary: Bill To Clamp Down On Independent Groups

Hungary: Bill To Clamp Down On Independent Groups

A bill targeting nongovernmental organizations would force some groups that receive funding from outside Hungary to register as ‘foreign funded’ and subject them to excessive sanctions and obligations, Human Rights Watch and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee said yesterday. Parliament is set to vote on the draft law today June 13, 2017.