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European Liberals Angered By Hungarian PM’s Words On Death Penalty

Tamás Székely 2015.05.08.

The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) in the European Parliament has condemned talk in Hungary of restoring the death penalty and “the xenophobic and leading wording” of the government’s national consultation on migration. The ALDE statement was released ahead of a debate in the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee on the situation of fundamental rights in the EU. Guy Verhofstadt, the head of European Parliament’s liberal group, has also called on the European People’s Party (EPP) to withdraw support from Orbán.

“The ALDE Group in the European Parliament firmly condemns both the call for the re-introduction of the death penalty in Hungary and the xenophobic and leading wording of its Government’s public consultation on migration,” the statement said. Responding to a recent question in parliament by a lawmaker of the radical nationalist Jobbik party concerning capital punishment, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said the issue deserved a public debate. “Hungary has crossed a line,” the ALDE statement said, calling on the European Commission to “act now”.

The Hungarian PM’s remarks on death penalty haver triggered harsh reactions in Brussels, even EPP group said it condemned the idea of keeping the matter on the agenda. “The idea of reintroducing the death penalty is incompatible with Hungary’s obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights and runs contrary to the values that Europe stands for,” Human rights commissioner Nils Muiznieks said last week. Hungarian Cabinet Chief János Lázár told media in response to the wide-scale outrage that Hungary had no plans to introduce the death penalty, “it is only a matter up for debate.” However, Viktor Orbán has said today in his regular Friday morning interview with public radio that the issue of death penalty should be transferred back from EU level to national competence.

via hungarymatters.hu and MTI photo: novini.nl


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