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Law Banning Gender Change Still Rife with Discrimination

Transgender and intersex people in Hungary recently won a small victory amid rampant discrimination when the country’s Constitutional Court ruled that a legal ban on changing gender, introduced last year, does not apply retroactively…
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, center right, speaks during a plenary session in the House of Parliament in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, March 23, 2020.
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Shutdown of Independent Radio Station Should Trigger EU Action

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Klubradio's director and CEO Andras Arato, right, talks to colleague Milhaly Hardy in the studio of Klubradio in Budapest, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021.
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The Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, close to Nicolás Maduro, is separating families.

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Relatives and friends of Venezuelan migrants who died when a boat transporting them to Trinidad and Tobago sank, wait for news of the recovery of their bodies, in Güiria, Venezuela, on December 18, 2020.
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Rule of Law Conditionality Preserved, but Implementation Severely Delayed

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Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, left, speaks with Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban during a round table meeting at an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, December 10, 2020. 
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Chancellor Angela Merkel Bundeskanzleramt Willy-Brandt-Straße 1 10557 Berlin - Germany                                                                                                      3 December 2020 RE: Rule of law and the general regime of…
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Parliament Should Reject Anti-LGBT Proposal; EU Commission Should Speak Out

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People march with a giant rainbow flag from the parliament building in Budapest during the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pride Parade on July 6, 2019.
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Dear Prime Minister, We, the undersigned organizations working on Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela, recognize the difficult situation of all governments as they respond to the public health crisis posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We write to you, however…
A girl holds a boat while playing at La Salina area, from where Maroly Bastardo, an eight months pregnant woman, along with her children, her husband's sister, uncle and father, boarded a smuggler's boat and disappeared in the Caribbean Sea during an attempt to cross from Venezuela to Trinidad and Tobago, in Guiria, Venezuela, May 24, 2019.
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EU Should Act on Latest Blow to Press Freedom

In the most recent attack on media freedom in Hungary, the country’s Media Council last week unexpectedly announced it would revoke Klubradio’s frequency as of February 2021. It justified its decision by referring to the independent, commercial station’s…
Klubradio’s president, Andras Arato, is seen on air in Klubradio's studio in Budapest, Hungary, March 2020.