Statement by Ambassador Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis on Hungary’s Honoring of Ferenc Szaniszlo / The Government of Hungary’s decision to award a national prize to Ferenc Szaniszlo, an individual who has publicly engaged in hate speech, is deeply disappointing. Honoring those who espouse intolerance, along with the government’s failure to decisively condemn racist remarks by a founding member of its own political party, casts a shadow over positive steps the government has taken to combat racism and hate speech. It is highly regrettable that according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Human Resources, the government has not yet found a way to revoke this troubling award.

Ambassador Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis, hungary.usembassy.gov