Referendum on Euthanasia in Hungary Rejected

  • 2 Feb 2024 8:24 AM
  • Hungary Around the Clock
Referendum on Euthanasia in Hungary Rejected
The National Electoral Commission (NVB) yesterday dismissed a referendum proposal on active euthanasia, which had been jointly initiated by constitutional lawyer Dániel Karsai, suffering from incurable ALS, and the Momentum party.

Eight commission members rejected the two questions, while four favoured certification.

Momentum organised a demonstration outside the NVB building, attended by 20-30 party members and activists.

"Unfortunately, it has been proven once again today that you cannot hold a referendum on real issues in this country, said Momentum MP Dávid Bedő. “This regime is too cowardly to discuss such social issues through a referendum," he added.

Bedő asserted that the government spends tens of billions of forints every year on meaningless national consultations and propaganda, but is not interested in the opinion of Hungarians on a defining social issue.

However, the NVB chairman argued that the submitted questions focused on the regulation and criminalisation of assisted murder rather than euthanasia itself.

An appeal against this decision can be made to the Kúria within 15 days.

The supreme court will then determine within 90 days whether to uphold or reverse the decision.

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