It is disappointing that the Tavares report ignores governments' efforts to fight racism

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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“There are many signs of an abusive relationship. The most telling sign is fear of your partner. If you feel like you have to walk on eggshells around your partner—constantly watching what you say and do in order to avoid a blow-up—chances are your relationship is unhealthy and abusive. Other signs that you may be in an abusive relationship include a partner who belittles you or tries to control you, and feelings of self-loathing, helplessness, and desperation.” (

Before the EP debate on Tuesday State Secretary Peter Szíjjártó submitted a memorandum to the President of the EU Parliament Martin Schulz. In the document the Hungarian government provided concrete examples of positive discrimination of the Jewish and gypsy minorities and of the persecution of patriotic Hungarians to appease the head of the assembly.

In a nutshell, the memorandum says that Hungary is not a racist and anti-Semitic country like the Tavares report suggesting and it does not criminalize homelessness. On the contrary, the Hungarian government:

1. Banned the Hungarian Guard
2. Allows civil action to be taken against those use hate speech
3. Criminalized Holocaust denial and the use of Nazi symbols as well as hate speech against Jews and the Roma
4. Introduced mandatory Holocaust education and Roma history in elementary school curriculum and declared 2014 as the year of the Holocaust
5. Actively promoting Jewish cultural and spiritual renewal
6. Made Roma integration national and EU priority
7. Made a constitutional duty of the state and local governments to adequately take care of the homeless

It is very disappointing that the Tavares report fails to acknowledge these accomplishments of the Hungarian government. Instead, the report is selective and biased and highlights issues that have nothing to do with government's policies, so projecting a false picture of Hungary says government officials.

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Anonymous said...

The list of the seven items above, makes me puke, disgusted and sick...
This garbage in my HOMELAND where millions of lives were lost, rivers of blood have been shed, for 1100 years, to keep Hungary for the Magyars - is a outrageous disgusting travesty.

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