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Court abolishes decision prohibiting gay pride parade

Authorities cited obstruction of traffic as the reascon behind the decision.

Amnesty International welcomed the recent decision of Budapest Metropolitan Court to overturn a police resolution of February 11 that banned the Budapest Pride march citing a disproportionate disturbance in traffic, the human rights organization said in a statement on its website.

The march had been scheduled for 18 June 2011, and was banned following an attempt by the organizers to extend the march’s route. However, the Court found that “the arguments of the [police] resolution cannot prove completely the lack of alternative routes.

According to the Law on the Right to Assembly, the negative consequences on traffic on the affected roads cannot in themselves be a justification for the prohibition.” The decision to reverse the ban on the march is a victory not only for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people throughout Hungary, but also reinforces the right to freedom of peaceful assembly for all Hungarians, Amnesty said.