Josef hírek

2010.10.31. 17:56

Radical nationalist party accuses UN human rights panel of lying

<p>Budapest, October 30 (MTI) - The radical nationalist Jobbik on Saturday said that the recent report by experts of the United Nations Human Rights Committee, criticising Hungary for the spread of anti-Roma discrimination and anti-Semitism, contained lies and distortions.</p>

The report compiled by 18 UN experts expressed concern "at the virulent and widespread anti-Roma statements by public figures, the media, and members of the disbanded Magyar Garda," and called on Hungary to tackle widespread discrimination and violence against the Roma minority.

    Jobbik MP Adam Mirkoczki referred to a number of recent studies revealing that the situation of the Roma community is better in Hungary than elsewhere in Central and Eastern Europe.

    The deputy criticised the compilers of the report of using double standards and failing to examine the responsibility of the Roma for social conflicts.

    As an argument against widespread anti-Semitism, Mirkoczki said the proportion of Israelis in casino and real estate investments is higher in Hungary than elsewhere in the region.

    Jobbik called upon the government to provide the UN committee with "objective information", denying the accusations contained in the report.

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