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Government announced zero-tolerance policy towards anti-Semitism

Mrs Varga said that “Europe’s second largest Jewish community lives in Hungary, in peace and in security; in actual fact, in more peace and security than anywhere else in Europe”. She also highlighted“it is an important result that during its 2015-2016 presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Hungary achieved that the European Union’s new data protection regulation should not restrict access to archive sources related to the Holocaust”.


The government announced a zero-tolerance policy towards anti-Semitism, Justice Minister Judit Varga said talking to the Hungarian news agency MTI on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Mrs Varga attended a commemoration at the invitation of the European Jewish Association organised on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps where as head of the Hungarian delegation she laid a wreath at the wall of victims.

In her speech, the Minister highlighted that the Hungarian government had announced a zero-tolerance policy towards anti-Semitism. Additionally, she rendered an account of a number of related measures, including that the government incorporated Holocaust denial into the Penal Code as a punishable offence, introduced a memorial day for victims of the Holocaust, and successfully organised the European Maccabi Games. She added that “In Hungary we respect everyone’s origin and religion”.

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