EC sues Hungary over LGBTQ law

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EC sues Hungary over LGBTQ law

The European Commission is suing Hungary at the European Court of Justice to reverse a law restricting access to information on LGBTQ issues as well as a decision to revoke the broadcast license of the country's last independent radio station, reported DW, quoting news agencies dpa, AFP, Reuters and AP.

"The Commission considers that the law violates the internal market rules, the fundamental rights of individuals (in particular LGBTQ people) as well as EU values," an EU statement said.

Why is Brussels confronting the EU country?

The latest development could see EU funds for Hungary frozen over rule of law breaches.

The Commission has long been at loggerheads with Hungary's conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban amid claims his government misused EU money and broke the bloc's laws, as well as human rights restrictions.

Orban has repeatedly rejected charges that the legislation, which came into effect in 2021, discriminates, arguing the law prohibits "promoting" LGBTQ content to children at school.

For the past year, the EU has been trying to convince Hungary to change the law that bans content portraying or promoting homosexuality to minors.

What exactly is Hungary's LGBTQ law?

The Hungarian restriction on young people's access to information about LGBTQ is part of a broader "Anti-Pedophilia Act," which originally focused on tougher penalties against child abuse.

But the Hungarian parliament in June last year passed the bill with further amendments, including a ban on sex education and media content.

EC sues Hungary over LGBTQ law

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