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LMP Calls For Withdrawal Of Controversial Police Video Campaign

Tamás Székely 2014.12.22.

The green opposition LMP party called on the interior and human resources ministers in an open letter to have police withdraw safety videos that partially blame female victims for sexual assaults and stop showing them in secondary schools in Pécs in southern Hungary.

LMP co-leader Bernadett Szél said that despite criticism of the videos voiced by the ombudsman for fundamental rights and protests by experts, the Baranya County Police have not withdrawn the videos, while the interior ministry expressed its approval and the ministry of human resources remained silent about them. She said the government should clearly condemn the videos that severely violate victims’ dignity and added that it was unacceptable that they are shown in secondary schools.

The Baranya County Police published three safety videos in November that aim to prevent sexual assault but civil organisations said the videos suggest that victims of rape are partially to blame for it. The interior ministry denied that the videos were being shown in secondary schools and added that LMP demonstrated “unprecedented disinformation” because the videos have even been removed from the police website.

via hungarymatters.hu photo: lmp.hu


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