In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, Viktor Orban’s government plans to take advantage of theemergency state to limit the rights of transgender people. A decision strongly criticized by the Council of Europe.
Even in times of coronavirus, the Hungarian government is not only tackling the epidemic. He introduced a bill to end the legal recognition of transgender people, reports The Guardian.
Submitted in a series of measures on Tuesday, this bill states that gender should be defined as “biological sex based on primary sexual characteristics and chromosomes“. Consequence? The”sex at birth“persons in the Hungarian civil register who could no longer change their sex.
The regulation on gender equality, which is part of a larger bill on a number of issues unrelated to coronaviruses, will still have to be considered by the Hungarian Parliament.
Council of Europe opposition
Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović called on the Hungarian Parliament not to adopt this law, and said that this measure was contrary to human rights standards and case law of the European Court of Human Rights.
“Transgender people have the right to legal recognition of their sex on the basis of self-determination. It is an essential step to guarantee respect for their human rights in all areas of life. Legal recognition of gender is a matter of human dignity“, she said in a statement.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban obtained the green light from Parliament on March 31 to legislate by orders in the context of an indefinite state of emergency which the opposition judges “disproportionate“to fight the new coronavirus.
It also sets up to five years in prison for spreading “fake news” about the virus or government measures, while the few independent media in the country are regularly the subject of such accusations.
The new provisions allow the Hungarian leader to extend the state of emergency in force since March 11 indefinitely, without seeking the approval of Parliament.