Hungary Nominated for Seat on UN Human Rights Council

Publicated on: September 27, 2016

In a speech delievered at the General Debate of the the 71st Annual Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto announced Hungary's nomination for membership of the UN Human Rights Council.

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó announced Hungary’s nomination for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council at the 71st Annual Plenary Session of the UN in New York City and thanked the countries backing Hungary for the position. Speaking before the UN General Assembly, Foreign Minister Szijjártó took the podium “as the representative of a free country that is proud of its traditions, culture and Christianity, and which has struggled to achieve its freedom in the past,” in reference to the upcoming 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight.

Szijjártó also emphasized that Hungary is one of 23 countries that has sent troops to fight against the ISIL to train the Peshmerga in Northern Iraq while also mentioning that Hungary continues to strongly urge the International Court of Justice to investigate the crimes committed by the Islamic State against Christian communities. On the subject of migration, Szijjártó stressed that Hungary has “protected our borders so far and will continue to not allow mass illegal border crossings in the future.” The Minister added that the politics of the Hungarian Government was clear: “We must take help to where it is needed and must help people to remain in the area closest to their homes so that they can return there as soon as possible once the crisis is resolved.” “The international community must assist Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraqi Kurdistan because these countries are caring for millions of refugees. Hungary has paid three million euros into the Madad Fund, has promised five million euros for the construction of a hospital in Syria and offered special scholarships to Syrian students,” Szijjártó told the General Assembly.