| 27 May 2024, Monday |

Dutch criticism of Hungary over LGBT rights reeks of ‘colonial’ past -Orban

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday that Dutch criticism of Hungary over a new law on LGBT rights smelled of moral superiority rooted in a colonial past.

Last week, EU leaders chastised Orban over a new rule prohibiting Hungarian schools from distributing materials that promote homosexuality, with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte asking him to respect LGBT rights or risk being kicked out of the bloc.

“This is a colonial approach,” Orban said on Friday on public radio. “They just don’t think about what they can and can’t say about another country’s laws and its laws.”

Orban, who is up for a legislative election next year, has become more radical on social issues in his self-proclaimed campaign to protect Hungary’s ancient Christian values from Western modernity.

His government claims that the law, which takes effect next week, is not directed at gays, but rather at protecting children, who should be educated about sexuality by their parents.

The EU is pressuring Orban to rescind the law, which is part of a wave of repressive measures targeting the media, judiciary, and migrants, and 17 of the EU’s 27 leaders have signed a letter reaffirming their commitment to LGBT rights.

  • Reuters