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Gov’t: Withdrawal from European Convention on Human Rights ‘Never Considered’

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.02.21.

The government has never discussed any proposal for Hungary to suspend the implementation of or withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights, the Prime Minister’s Office said on Thursday, in response to remarks by a lawmaker of co-ruling KDNP.

Imre Vejkey, deputy group leader of the co-ruling KDNP (Christian Democrats), told a plenary debate about compensation payments for poor prison conditions in Hungary earlier in the day that the country should consider suspending the ECtHR’s jurisdiction and quitting the Convention.

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He said the protection of fundamental rights was ensured in Hungary, arguing that the Strasbourg court’s decisions “violated Hungary’s national competency”.

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 on the European Convention on Human Rights, the office said.

In the featured photo illustration: PMO Head Gergely Gulyás. Photo by Attila Kovács/MTI