A U.N. human rights expert said on Friday that a Hungarian legislation prohibiting the use of material in schools that promotes homosexuality and gender transition will perpetuate stigma and prejudice.
According to Victor Madrigal-Borloz, an independent expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, the legislation represents a challenge to the European Union’s “values base” (EU).
Last week, Hungary’s parliament enacted laws prohibiting the distribution of information in schools that promotes homosexuality and gender transition, despite heavy objections from human rights groups and opposition parties.
Madrigal-Borloz stated that he had expressed his concerns to Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s cabinet in recent months.
“This legislation tends to perpetuate stereotypes and stigma around sexual orientation and gender identity,” he said. He also said the bill wrongly portrayed homosexuality as linked to paedophilia, which he said was “disgraceful”.
Comprehensive sexual and gender education helps to break down stigma and “allows teachers to be well-equipped to address questions of pupils and to address bullying which as we know is a basic problem in schools all over the world,” he added.
Being homosexual or transgender is still a criminal in 69 nations across the globe, which has no validity under international human rights law, Madrigal-Borloz told the Human Rights Council earlier on Friday.
“I urge them to dismantle such criminalisation,” he said.
“These criminalising provisions, even when they are not applied, create a context that is hostile to the existence of LGBT persons that is also conducive to blackmail and to significant violence affecting the every day lives of these persons,” he said.