Hungary's parliament voted no to a convention of Europe’s liberal Gender Convention
On May 5, the Hungarian Parliament voted against the Council of Europe Convention, which was supposedly about "violence against women." Hungarian Minister of Justice Judit Varga argued that existing national laws already protect women from violence.
In the Hungarian parliament, where the ruling Fides party has a two-thirds majority, ratification of a regional treaty, allegedly about violence against women, was rejected.
The Council of Europe Convention on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, known as the Istanbul Convention, effectively promotes freedom of sexual orientation, gender identity and immigration under the pretext of preventing violence against women.
Politicians in Hungary believe the convention promotes a gender ideology that undermines traditional family values and encourages homosexuality. In addition, the conventional protection of women migrants openly contradicts Hungary’s efforts to combat illegal immigration.
Hungary's vote continues this trend this week: Bulgaria, Slovakia and Latvia also refused to ratify the convention. Poland threatened to leave, and Slovakia even opposed the accession of the European Union to the convention.
The President of the European Commission and the Commissioner for Equality have given priority to EU accession to the convention. The Council is an intergovernmental body established in 1949, with political representatives from 47 states, and its goal is to protect human rights in Europe.
The Convention was adopted in 2011, and almost all European countries have signed it, including Hungary. The countries that refused are Russia, Lithuania and Muslim Azerbaijan, which is a member of the Council of Europe, although it is not located in Europe.
Nevertheless, signing is only the first step, and the idea is that the national parliaments ratify the convention, so that it becomes binding and the state undertakes to comply with it. In addition to Hungary, ten more countries have signed up, but have not gone further in this process.