Hungary new constitution milestone, says state secy at UN Human Rights Council

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 11th of May 2011   Source: mti

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The new constitution is a milestone in the development of the rule of law in Hungary and marks the end of post-communist transformation, state secretary for social inclusion Zoltan Balog said at a United Nations' Human Rights Council hearing on Wednesday.


The new constitution provides a solid basis for the operation of a law-governed country and strengthens the protection of human rights, Balog told the hearing which forms part of Hungary's Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The new constitution includes the provisions of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, he added.


The international protection and promotion of human and fundamental rights play central roles in Hungary's foreign policy, Balog, who heads a 20-member Hungarian delegation at the review, said. He expressed hope that the current review would further strengthen human rights in Hungary.


Switzerland's representative called it unacceptable that Roma in Hungary are subjected to threats and condemned the violent acts committed by extreme-right militias in Gyongyospata, a village in northern Hungary.


The French delegate welcomed steps by the Hungarian government to handle the Roma issue but criticised Hungary's new constitution for its failure to explicitly ban capital punishment and mention legal violations linked to sexual orientation.


The Czech representative urged more efficient investigations in cases of violent actions against the Roma and demanded that perpetrators be convicted.


The German ambassador expressed concern about the new constitution and the media law. He said that Hungary, holding the EU presidency, did excellent work in the area of human rights but asked whether the Hungarian government had plans to consult with international experts on the constitution as recommended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during his recent visit to Budapest. Additionally, the ambassador asked why the constitution had limited the Constitutional Court's scope of authority.


He said the UN rapporteur on media affairs recently noted that the new Hungarian media law, even in its amended form, still contained elements that were not in line with international human rights regulations. The rapporteur recommended that Hungary should prepare a programme to correct such contradicting elements and the German ambassador asked whether any steps had been made in this regard.


Germany recommends to the Hungarian government to intensify efforts to fight prejudice against minority groups, especially the Roma, he added.


Belgium's representative asked if the Hungarian government had plans to amend its media law and introduce measures to strengthen the independence of the media. He also expressed concern about disadvantages suffered by lesbians, homosexuals, bisexuals and transvestites in Hungary.


Italy's representative expressed concern about the government's move to scrap private pension funds and asked how the government plans to protect the rights of employees.


The UN Human Rights Council's UPR is performed for all 192 member states once every four years.
The current session, lasting from May 2 to 13, examines the human rights records of 16 states.


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