Judit Varga – Photo: BZT / Nóra Halász

Justice minister: Venice Commission has no say in how Hungarian parents raise their children

The Venice Commission is not entitled to have a say in how Hungarian parents raise their children, Justice Minister Judit Varga said on Facebook on Thursday in reaction to the Strasbourg body's recent criticism of Hungary's child protection law.

In an opinion published on Monday, the commission said amendments to the child protection law were “incompatible” with international human rights norms.

Varga said the commission’s criticisms of the law had “focused on an ideological approach, rather than legal arguments”.

She said the law was “clear and unambiguous” and was intended to “ensure the proper upbringing of children, and in that, the primary role of parents”.

“We will stop the LGBTQ lobby at the fences of schools and kindergartens,” the minister said.

Varga said all people in Hungary lived freely and non-discrimination was guaranteed by the country’s constitution. She added that hopefully “such emotional, ideologically (or even politically) motivated opinions” would not become common practice in the functioning of the Venice Commission.

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