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Parliamentary questions
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15 April 2020
E-002284/2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Sylvie Guillaume, Raphaël Glucksmann, Eric Andrieu, Aurore Lalucq, Pierre Larrouturou, Nora Mebarek
 Subject: Anti-LGBTI policies in Hungary

Right in the middle of a health crisis, the Hungarian Government has launched an attack on the rights of trans and intersex people by requiring that ‘sex at birth’ figure on all official documents, by preventing lived gender from figuring there, and by threatening the fundamental rights of the trans and intersex community.

This is despite the fact that Hungary’s Constitutional Court made this option legal in 2018. The emergency measures must not be allowed to override a court decision and undermine the rights of trans and intersex citizens. That the government is taking advantage of the crisis to try to ban legal recognition of gender is a cause for great dismay. This runs contrary to EU legal standards and leaves these people exposed to discrimination in many fields.

Pursuant to Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union, can the Commission support Parliament in urging the Council to make representations concerning both the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI) and also the pressure exerted on the work of non-governmental organisations in Hungary?

With reference to the annual Rule of Law Report covering all countries in the European Union and scheduled for publication in September 2020, would it be possible to adopt an approach that goes beyond the normal aspects so that the situation of LGBTI people in Europe is not hidden or concealed?

Original language of question: FR
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