The European Jewish Federation (EJA) has honoured Hungarian Minister of the Interior Sándor Pintér for his work in improving public safety and combating antisemitism in Hungary.
The European Jewish Federation (EJA) has honoured Hungarian Minister of the Interior Sándor Pintér for his work in improving public safety and combating antisemitism in Hungary. The award was presented by Rabbi Menachem Margolin, President of the EJA, the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation (EMIH), told the Hungarian Jewish Federation to MTI in an interview on Tuesday.
The Brussels-based organisation presented a study on Monday at its annual conference held in Budapest, which compiles international research and ranks European countries according to their perception of the safety of Jewish people, antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment. According to this research, Hungary is the second „friendliest” country to Jews, following Italy.
According to the media announcement, when presenting the award, Alex Benjamin, Director of the EJA, praised the Interior Minister of Hungary and the efforts of the Hungarian government. He mentioned that under Sándor Pintér’s ministership, the cooperation between law enforcement agencies and Jewish communities was improved and that the government has promoted zero tolerance against antisemitism.
The director also pointed out that the Faculty of Law Enforcement of the National University of Public Service has included hate crime prevention and law enforcement in its curriculum. A detailed methodology has been developed for the investigation and application of the crime of the public denial of the crimes of the National Socialist and Communist regimes. The Criminal Code was amended to criminalise incitement to hatred in addition to incitement to violence against minorities. And the protection of the dignity of communities was guaranteed in the fundamental law, the statement said.
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