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Feb 21, 2020

Hungary has "never discussed" quitting European Convention on Human Rights

The national consultation survey the government is going to launch is about the “prison business” rather than about the European Convention on Human Rights.

The Prime Minister’s Office has underlined that the government has never discussed any proposal for Hungary to suspend the implementation of or withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights.

According to MTI, the statement was made following remarks by a lawmaker who said the country should quit the Convention.

Imre Vejkey, deputy group leader of the Christian Democrats, told a plenary debate about compensation payments for poor prison conditions in Hungary that the country should consider suspending the ECtHR’s jurisdiction and quitting the Convention. He added that the protection of fundamental rights was ensured in Hungary, arguing that the Strasbourg court’s decisions “violated Hungary’s national competency”.

However, the PM’s Office said in a statement that the Convention had been part of Hungary’s legal system since its parliamentary ratification in 1993. The national consultation survey the government is going to launch is about the “prison business” rather than about the European Convention on Human Rights.

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