UN Convention on the rights of the Child

Hungary (CRC 14-10-2014)

The Committee considered the combined third, fourth and fifth periodic reports of Hungary (CRC/C/HUN/3-5) at its 1915th and 1916th meetings (see CRC/C/SR.1915 and 1916), held on 9 and 10 September 2014, and adopted, at its 1929th meeting, held on 19 September 2014, the following concluding observations.

Concluding observations

B. General principles (arts. 2, 3, 6 and 12 of the Convention)


  1. The Committee notes that Act C of 2012 criminalizes acts that are racially motivated, and acknowledges programmes and projects to promote tolerance among schoolchildren. However, the Committee is concerned about the still-prevalent discriminatory attitude of the public against children in marginalized and disadvantaged situations — such as children with disabilities, children living in family forms other than heterosexual marriage, children belonging to ethnic or religious minorities, children with different sexual identities, and migrant and unaccompanied children — which has been exacerbated by the economic crisis and poverty. Furthermore, the Committee is concerned about the intrinsic gender stereotypes in the society, which have a significant negative effect on girls.
  2. The Committee urges the State party to implement its laws that prohibit discrimination against categories of children in marginalized and disadvantaged situations, such as children with disabilities, children born out of wedlock or living with same-sex parents, children belonging to the Roma or Jewish minorities, migrant and unaccompanied children, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex children, and girls, and to take measures to educate the public about equality and non-discrimination and to expand its programmes in schools. The Committee further recommends that the State party include information in its next periodic report on measures and programmes relevant to the Convention and undertaken by the State party in follow-up to the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action adopted at the 2001 World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance as well as the outcome document adopted at the 2009 Durban Review Conference.
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