Hungary: New homophobic and transphobic law is an attack on LGTBQIA+ rights; Australia must speak out

Amnesty International Australia has written to Australian Foreign Minister, Marise Payne, sharing its grave concern about a homophobic and transphobic law adopted in Hungary.

The rights of the LGBTQIA+ community have once again been placed under dire threat in Hungary after the authorities passed a deeply problematic law. This new legislation outlaws education or advertising deemed to “popularise,” or even depict, consensual same-sex conduct or the affirming of one’s gender to children.

Amnesty International Australia stands in solidarity with the more than 10,000 people who demonstrated in front of the Hungarian Parliament in protest of the new law on Monday 14 June.

This new law is just the most recent of many homophobic laws that the Hungarian government has passed since 2020. Read the letter to the Minister for more information.

There is an opportunity for a light to be shone on this human rights violation at the upcoming European Union General Affairs Meeting on 24 June. Amnesty is calling on the Minister to raise this matter with the Hungarian Ambassador to Australia, and her European counterparts. 

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Joel MacKay is a campaigner at Amnesty International Australia.