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Social attitudes towards LGBTQI issues in Hungary. November 2023
May 2024

This report summarizes the results of a nationally representative public opinion poll conducted by the Median Public Opinion and Market Research Institute in November 2023. Háttér Társaság commissioned the research. The research covered topics such as the general framing of homosexuality, social attitudes related to coming out, support for marriage and parenting by same-sex couples, legal gender recognition for trans people, views on the so-called "child protection" law, and opinions about proactive measures by public bodies and employers.

Victim-Centered and Intersectional Approaches in the Response to Hate Crimes. A handbook of good practices
March 2024

Between May 2022 and April 2024, we implemented a research, training and awareness-raising project entitled Counter-Hate: Improving the assistance of victims of hate crimes through a victim-centered and intersectional approach.

Reflecting on the lessons learned from research into national legislation and practices, we have produced a handbook presenting good practices in the fight against hate crime and victim support, identified together with the project partners. 

November 2023

On June 15, 2022, the Hungarian Parliament passed Act LXXIX of 2021 on stricter actions against pedophile offenders, and the amendment of certain laws for the protection of children (the so-called ‘child protection’ law). A year and a half after the adoption of the law, its far-reaching and devastating impact is apparent.

Registered partnership. Guide for gay and lesbian couples (2022)
October 2023

Since July 1, 2009 same-sex couples have the right to legalize their partnership in front of registrars. The name of this new institution is registered partnership, which – except for a few exceptions – grants all the rights and duties that come with marriage. Hungarian law has recognized cohabitation among same-sex couples since 1996, and since January 1, 2010 a third option, registering cohabitation has been also available for both same-sex and different-sex couples.

August 2023

The Hungarian Parliament adopted Act LXXIX of 2021 on taking more severe action against pedophile offenders and amending certain acts for the protection of children on June 15, 2021. The law often referred to as the "propaganda law" bans on access of minors to any content that propagates or portrays divergence from self-identity corresponding to sex at birth, sex change or homosexuality. An update on the implementation of the act, dated 07/2023 focusing on media and retail bookstores. 

Mid-term report on the implementation of recommendations relevant for the rights of LGBTQI people received as part of the 3rd cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
May 2023

The report examines the implementation of the LGBTQI-relevant recommendations received by Hungary during the 3rd cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the UN Human Rights Council, in the middle of the next review cycle, after two years. The report shows that no substantial progress has been made even with regard to the recommendations accepted, and in some areas (e.g. regarding the human rights consultation mechanism) further regression can be observed.

Transnational report: The crucial role of intersectional and victim-centred approaches to confronting bias-motivated violence
May 2023

This transnational comparative report produced in the Counter-Hate project examines the role of victim-centered and intersectional approach in the response to hate crimes. The report covers the legal environment at the European and national level, the needs of hate crime victims, the accessibility of support services, methods of cooperation between civil and state actors, data collection, the procedural position of victims and the use of restorative methods.

The crucial role of intersectional and victim-centred approaches to confronting bias-motivated violence
April 2023

The country reports prepared in the Counter-Hate project examine the role of victim-centered and intersectional approaches in the response to hate crimes in six European countries (Greece, Lithuania, Italy, Spain, Slovenia and Hungary).

Legal guide for LGBTQI foreigners in Hungary
February 2023

This short guide provides information for non-Hungarian citizens who wish to visit Hungary or are planning to move to Hungary for a longer period. Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) community may face particular challenges in this process. This guide answers the questions that most often arise in their cases and describes the practice in Hungary regarding legal entry and residence.

The rights of LBTQI women in Hungary
January 2023

A joint submission by the Hungarian LGBT Alliance, Háttér Society, Transvanilla Transgender Association, and Labrisz Lesbian Association aimed at assisting the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) by providing information about the state of the rights of lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex women in Hungary.


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