The government has never discussed any proposal for Hungary to suspend the implementation of or withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights, the Prime Minister’s Office said in response to remarks by a lawmaker.
Imre Vejkey, deputy group leader of the junior ruling Christian Democrats, told a plenary debate about compensation payments for poor prison conditions in Hungary earlier in the day that the country should consider suspending the ECtHR’s jurisdiction and quitting the Convention. He said the protection of fundamental rights was ensured in Hungary, arguing that the Strasbourg court’s decisions “violated Hungary’s national competency”.
The PM’s Office said in a statement that the Convention had been part of Hungary’s legal system since its parliamentary ratification in 1993. The national consultation survey the government is going to launch is about the “prison business” rather than about the European Convention on Human Rights, it said.