The principles of rights and equal treatment are fully included in the relevant documents of the Constitution, and the respective institutions and officials are in place. These guarantee, among others, the right of information and communication with the media in focus as well as the right to association. These two areas are the subject of constant political debate. The government keeps referring to the above-mentioned legal guarantees and presents documented arguments about their fulfilment in practice. National and international critics cite numerous instances and indicators on the limitation of the media and on the biased attitude of the government to NGOs. The civic organisations that consistently monitor the decisions of the government are labelled as Soros agencies regardless if they have had relationship to the Hungarian born philanthropist.
Hungary is party to all relevant international agreements, except the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence which the government refused to ratify. The government has been promoting the Minority SafePack initiative in the European Union, which effort enjoys broad support in society.
Particularly important issues in the rights and ethics area relate to minorities and to sexual orientation which are discussed in the relevant chapters below.
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