Date(s) - 13/02/2023
11:00 - 12:30
Press Club Brussels Europe
Monday 13th February 2023 at 11am
Press Club Brussels Europe- Rue Froissart 95 – 1040 Brussels
On 13 February 2023, this first LGBTIQ+ related infringement procedure to reach the European Court of Justice will be published in the Official Journal of the EU. This marks a crucial moment in the procedure: the opening of a 6-weeks window during which EU Member States will be invited to provide ‘written observations’ to the Court on the case.
On that day, Forbidden Colours, Reclaim and the Hungarian NGO Hatter Society launch an EU-wide petition to push EU member states to join the court procedure and say “Enough!” to Viktor Orban’s scapegoating of LGBTIQ+ communities.
The three organizations that have been leading the advocacy against the law intend to make this the largest human rights procedure against a member state in the EU’s legal history.
During this press conference organized in cooperation with ELMA, the European LGBTIQ Media Association, Forbidden Colours, Háttér Society and Reclaim will share their insights on the far-reaching and devastating impact of the law that imposes a wide censorship of the LGBTIQ+ communities in Hungary.
11.00 – Presentations of the case and its implications by the following panelists:
- Rémy Bonny, Executive Director of Forbidden Colours, a Belgian NGO working at the European level to defend LGBTIQ+ communities and democracy in Europe;
- Dr Eszter Polgári, Director of the Legal Program in Hatter Society, the largest and oldest LGBTIQ+ civil society organization in Hungary;
- Esther Martinez, Founder and Executive Director of Reclaim, a Brussels-based NGO supporting European civil rights groups, anti-corruption activists, judges, and independent media when their role as democracy’s watchdogs is challenged.
11.30 – Q&A
Moderation by Dr Vincent Reillon, Outreach and Policy Officer at Forbidden Colours
Register button: https://www.forbidden-colours.com/2023/01/31/press-registration-1/