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EP approves resolution condemning Hungarian anti-LGBT law 

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The European Parliament on Thursday adopted a resolution that "condemns in the strongest possible terms" recently approved Hungarian legislation on the protection of children that codifies the right of parents to take charge of their children's sexual education, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

The EP said in the resolution, approved with a vote of 459 in favor, 147 against, and 58 abstentions, that the legislation "will restrict severely and intentionally the rights and freedoms of LGBTIQ persons, as well as children's rights", adding that the law "constitutes a clear breach of the EU's values, principles and law".

"The Law is not an isolated example, but rather constitutes another intentional and premeditated example of the gradual dismantling of fundamental rights in Hungary," according to the resolution.

The EP called on the European Commission to launch an accelerated infringement procedure and to use all tools in the Court of Justice, such as interim measures and penalties for non-compliance if necessary. MEPs also called on member states to bring the matter to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) should the Commission not act, and to launch an inter-state application to the European Court of Human Rights.

The EP expressed "serious concerns" regarding the compliance of Hungary's draft Recovery and Resilience Plan and called on the Commission and the Council to "to carefully analyze every measure outlined in the draft...and to only approve the plan if it is established that it would not contribute to implementing the Law".

Hungary's government has claimed the legislation "prohibits the autotelic display, in the case of children, of not only homosexuality, but also sexuality as a whole".

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