Thursday, May 27, 2021

Orban: 10 challenges for PM

The Liberal Democrats have challenged Downing Street to hold Viktor Orban to account during his visit to Downing Street tomorrow. 

The Hungarian Prime Minister has been accused of antisemitism, islamophobia and making a sustained assault on democracy and the freedom of the press. 

In a joint letter to Boris Johnson, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey MP and Lib Dem Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Layla Moran MP wrote:

"When you decide to invite leaders of other countries to Downing Street, your choice matters. It sends a signal to our allies; to our partners; to people in Britain and around the world, of the UK’s values and commitments.

"We are therefore extremely concerned that you have chosen to invite Prime Minister Orbán to Downing Street. Orbán’s rule has been marked by a sustained assault on Hungarian democracy, on press freedom and on human rights.

"That you and your Government view co-operation with Orbán and his government as “vital to the UK’s security and prosperity” speaks volumes.

"We note Downing Street’s comments prior to this meeting, that “where we have concerns about human rights we do not shy away from raising them”. This Friday, you have the opportunity to do so. We therefore ask you to commit to challenging Orbán."

The letter lists 10 points that the Hungarian PM can be challenged on, including his record on civil liberties, women's and LGBT rights and Russia.

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