Gov't to call referendum on child protection measures

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The government has decided to call a referendum on child protection measures and will ask Hungarian citizens five questions concerning the topic, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a video posted on his Facebook page.

Citizens will be asked "Do you support that programs presenting sexual orientations should be organized for minors in public education institutions without parental consent?"

Others questions will ask if citizens support the promotion of gender reassignment treatments to minors, making gender reassignment treatments available for minors, making sexual media content influencing child development available to minors without restrictions, and presenting media content showing gender reassignment to minors.

Hungarian laws do not allow sexual propaganda in kindergartens, schools, televisions and advertisements, Orbán said in his video, adding that Brussels has attacked Hungary in recent weeks over its child protection law.

Brussels is now demanding amendments to the education act and child protection rules, Orbán said. They are offended that here it is not possible to do what has become constant in Western Europe, that LGBTQ activists visit kindergartens and schools to provide sexual education, the prime minister claimed.

The European Commission last week launched an infringement procedure against Hungary over recently the recently approved measures.

The EC said provisions in the legislation on the protection of children "violate human dignity, freedom of expression and information, the right to respect of private life as well as the right to non-discrimination as enshrined...in...the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights".

 

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