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Fidesz MP Hidvéghi: Brussels Applies Double Standards Regarding Human Rights, Rule of Law

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.10.21.

Brussels continues to apply double standards regarding human rights and rule of law issues, ruling Fidesz MEP Balázs Hidvéghi said on Wednesday.

Commenting on a plenary debate in the European Parliament about police violence on Tuesday, he said that it would have still to be clarified under what circumstances Slovak citizen Jozef Chovanec had died in Belgian police custody over two years ago. Nor has the EU taken the necessary measures to reveal the truth, he added.

Hidvéghi cited Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte as saying recently that there was systemic racism in his country.

Hidvéghi noted that police action during Hungary’s 2006 autumn protests depriving demonstrators of their eyesight had not even prompted a debate in the EP.

One of the reasons, he said, was that when such events occur in central Europe, they are not enough to attract the EU’s attention.

Rule of law is used as a political weapon and standards are applied arbitrarily against countries that the EU has debates with about the set of values they apply, the Fidesz MP added.

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Instead of pursuing useless debates, the EP should focus on anti-pandemic efforts and ways towards economic recovery, he said.

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