Press release: Latest move by Fidesz is a deliberate attack against the Hungarian trans community

Brussels, 2 April 2020

[unofficial Hungarian translation below]

Trans and gender-diverse persons continue to face discrimination, harassment and violence throughout the EU. The most recent move in the EU happened on 31 March 2020, Transgender Day of Visibility. Resorting to an omnibus proposal, the ruling Hungarian Fidesz party presented amendments to national laws, among which the civil registration procedure bill allowing for legal gender recognition. The amendment stipulates that the criterion ‚Äúsex‚ÄĚ, previously used to designate legal gender, be changed to ‚Äúsex at birth‚ÄĚ instead. The latter would be determined by primary sex characteristics and chromosomes and ensure that ‚Äúgender specific rights‚ÄĚ must be based on the assigned sex at birth, which cannot be changed during the person‚Äôs life.

Marc Angel MEP, Co-President of the LGBTI Intergroup in the European Parliament, comments:

This attack on the trans community is outrageous and deliberate. Since 2016, legal gender recognition procedures have been intentionally stalled. Effectively, all procedures for change of name or gender have been suspended since 2018. Since 31 March, the very day we celebrated Trans Day of Visibility, gender recognition procedures are proposed to be banned. This move does not only intentionally silence the trans community – it seeks to erase it and deny its existence. 

Terry Reintke MEP, Co-President of the LGBTI Intergroup in the European Parliament, comments:

Fidezs’s latest move is shocking, yet not surprising. The LGBTI community has been continuously exposed to attacks and civil society has been systematically silenced. Rule of law in Hungary has been under threat and this move crystallises yet another abuse of power, this time under the pretext of COVID-19 emergency measures. This amendment lacks any merit or positive effect in any capacity. Legal gender recognition is the baseline for protection of trans persons in Hungary. Without access to it, they are widely exposed to discrimination and harassment. This move is nothing short of intentional abuse. The European community must ensure that it does not go unpunished.

Press contacts:

Office of Marc Angel MEP ‚Äď Lisa Kersch (Lisa.Kersch@europarl.europa.eu

Office of Terry Reintke MEP ‚Äď Sebastian Fietkau (Sebastian.Fietkau@europarl.europa.eu)

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[unofficial Hungarian translation]

A Fidesz √ļjabb t√°mad√°st int√©zett a magyar transz k√∂z√∂ss√©g ellen

A transz- √©s nembin√°ris polg√°rok tov√°bbra is h√°tr√°nyos megk√ľl√∂nb√∂ztet√©ssel, zaklat√°ssal √©s erŇĎszakkal kell, hogy szemben√©zzenek EU-szerte. Az EU-ban a legut√≥bbi korm√°nyzati t√°mad√°s 2020. m√°rcius 31-√©n, a TransznemŇĪ L√°that√≥s√°g Napj√°n t√∂rt√©nt. A korm√°nyp√°rti Fidesz sal√°tat√∂rv√©ny-javaslat keret√©ben terjesztett elŇĎ m√≥dos√≠t√≥ ind√≠tv√°nyt t√∂bb nemzeti jogszab√°lyhoz, k√∂zt√ľk az anyak√∂nyvi elj√°r√°sr√≥l sz√≥l√≥ t√∂rv√©nyhez, amely lehetŇĎv√© teszi a nemek jogi elismer√©s√©t. A m√≥dos√≠t√°s kimondja, hogy a ‚Äěnem‚ÄĚ, amelyet kor√°bban a nemek megjel√∂l√©s√©re haszn√°ltak, helyett ‚Äěsz√ľlet√©skori nemet‚ÄĚ kell majd haszn√°lni. Ez ut√≥bbit az elsŇĎdleges nemi jelleg, illetve a kromosz√≥ma alapj√°n meghat√°rozott biol√≥giai nem fogja meghat√°rozni, biztos√≠tva, hogy a ‚Äěnemspecifikus jogok‚ÄĚ a sz√ľlet√©skor meghat√°rozott nemen alapuljanak, annak megv√°ltoztathatatlans√°ga mellett.

Angel Marc, eur√≥pai parlamenti k√©pviselŇĎ, az Eur√≥pai Parlament LMBTI Frakci√≥k√∂zi-csoport (Intergroup) eur√≥pai parlamenti t√°rseln√∂ke szerint:

A transz k√∂z√∂ss√©g elleni mai t√°mad√°s j√≥l elŇĎk√©sz√≠tett √©s felh√°bor√≠t√≥. 2016 √≥ta sz√°nd√©kosan le√°ll√≠t√°sra ker√ľltek a nem elismer√©s√©t √©rintŇĎ jogi elj√°r√°sok, 2018 √≥ta pedig a n√©v vagy a nem megv√°ltoztat√°s√°ra ir√°nyul√≥ √∂sszes elj√°r√°st felf√ľggesztett√©k. M√°rcius 31-√©n, pont azon a napon, amikor a transznemŇĪ l√°that√≥s√°got √ľnnepelj√ľk, a nem jogi elismer√©s√©re vonatkoz√≥ elj√°r√°sok betilt√°s√°t kezdem√©nyezt√©k. Ez a l√©p√©s nemcsak sz√°nd√©kosan eln√©m√≠tja a transz k√∂z√∂ss√©get, hanem e k√∂z√∂ss√©g l√©tez√©s√©t k√≠v√°nja letagadni.

Reintke Terry, eur√≥pai parlamenti k√©pviselŇĎ, az LMBTI Frakci√≥k√∂zi-csoport (Intergroup) t√°rseln√∂ke hozz√°tette:

A Fidesz leg√ļjabb l√©p√©se sokkol√≥, de sajnos m√©gsem meglepŇĎ. Az LMBTI k√∂z√∂ss√©g folyamatosan t√°mad√°soknak van kit√©ve, a civil szf√©r√°t pedig szisztematikusan elhallgattatt√°k. A magyarorsz√°gi jog√°llamis√°g vesz√©lyben van, ez a l√©p√©s pedig egy √ļjabb hatalmi vissza√©l√©s mintap√©ld√°ja, ez√ļttal a koronav√≠rus j√°rv√°ny vesz√©lyhelyzeti int√©zked√©seinek √ľr√ľgy√©n. A javasolt m√≥dos√≠t√°snak semmi √©rtelme vagy pozit√≠v hat√°sa nincs. A transznemŇĪ szem√©lyek magyarorsz√°gi v√©delm√©nek alapk√∂ve a nem jogi elismer√©se. Ennek el√©rhetŇĎs√©ge n√©lk√ľl az √©rintettek sz√©les k√∂rŇĪ diszkrimin√°ci√≥nak √©s zaklat√°snak vannak kit√©ve. Ez a l√©p√©s csup√°n sz√°nd√©kos vissza√©l√©s. Eur√≥p√°nak garant√°lnia kell, hogy ez ne maradjon k√∂vetkezm√©nyek n√©lk√ľl.

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