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Human Rights World Day 2014 Held In Hungary

Tamás Székely 2014.12.11.

One of the aims of the current public education curriculum is to raise awareness about human rights, Minister of Human Capacities Zoltán Balog said at a conference organised on the occasion of Human Rights World Day. The conference is organized annually by the Civic Hungary Foundation and the Hanns Seidel Foundation.

In his address, Zoltán Balog noted that domestic violence became a separate category of offence in the Penal Code during the Orbán-government and it was also under the same administration that the houses of those who were targets of violence against the Roma community were restored and family members of the victims have so far been supported with an amount of HUF 70 million (EUR 228,000). He also said that the current National Core Curriculum puts more emphasis on ethics and freedoms to ensure that future generations will be more sensitive to human rights issues.

Meanwhile opposition Socialists (MSZP) said human rights could not prevail in Hungary when nearly half of Hungarians live from day to day.  Marking international Human Rights Day József Tóbiás, the left wing party’s leader, told a press conference that the 2015 budget would result in 5 million Hungarians living beyond subsistence level. The Socialists demand a minimum monthly wage of 100,000 forints net, Tóbiás said. The government’s 2015 budget will result in a social catastrophe, he insisted, adding that several demonstrations are organised a few days before the budget vote in protest.

via kormany.hu and hungarymatters.hu photo: Zoltán Máthé and Attila Kovács – MTI