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The Curia, Hungary’s High Court, has “banned” the wording of a question in the government’s planned referendum through an arbitrary interpretation, violating its right to a fair trial, claims Justice Minister Judit Varga.

“Do you support making gender reassignment treatments available for minor children?” is how the government would like the referendum to be phrased, but the Curia invalidated this wording on October 22.

According to the court, if a majority of respondents answered no to this question, it would restrict rights too broadly, but if they answered yes, it would contradict the latest amendment to the Basic Law.

The government has now taken steps against the Curia’s decision, with the Justice Minister claiming that the court’s decision deprives the government of the right to a fair trial.

It is now up to the Constitutional Court to decide whether to the wording of the question should be what the Curia has decided or what the minister wants.

[HVG]

By Steven