Tougher child protection laws: authorities crack down on pedophiles and sex offenders in Hungary
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Tougher child protection laws: authorities crack down on pedophiles and sex offenders in Hungary

The Hungarian parliament on Tuesday adopted changes aimed at increasing protection of children against sexual abuse.

Under the amendments, adopted by 163 votes with 14 abstentions, the penal code will stipulate that sexual offenses against people under 18 will never expire. Persons convicted of such crimes cannot be released to imprisonment.

The changes did not change the current regulations, according to which criminals sentenced to imprisonment exceeding 5 years cannot have their criminal records cleared.

The Criminal Code also currently states that the president of the republic cannot grant a presidential pardon to persons convicted of sexual offenses against minors.

The Hungarian register of people convicted of pedophilia will contain the names of criminals convicted not only in Hungary, but also by courts in other European Union members and the United Kingdom.

Child molesters will not be released under house arrest in the future.

The changes stipulate that managers and employees of child protection institutions should be examined for psychological predispositions and that these people should lead an “impeccable lifestyle.” Applicants who fail the psychological test may not be employed or should be dismissed immediately if already employed. Lifestyle assessments can be requested at any time during their employment “if there are sufficient grounds to believe it is inappropriate,” the amended law states. Such inspections must be carried out by the National Police Service.

When it comes to children’s camps, the law currently states that adults attending camp must have a clean criminal record, confirming that they have no criminal record for child molestation, are not currently under investigation, or are not undergoing involuntary treatment.

The new changes provide increased protection for children through “responsible education in their use of the Internet and media.” A new element of the legislation states that children, while exercising their right to freedom of speech, should respect the human dignity of other children. Thanks to the amendment, reporting and removing cyberbullying content will be easier.

As we wrote earlier, Prime Minister Orbán submitted an anti-pedophilia amendment to the constitution, details HERE.

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