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Does the national law cover all grounds of discrimination as in the International Conventions and EU law or additional discrimination grounds?

Key Area:
Anti-discrimination Legislation & Implementation
Racism, Discrimination
08/03/2012 - 10:13
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Hungary’s comprehensive Equal Treatment Act came into force in 2004.[1] The law provides a list on the 19 grounds of unequal treatment, ending with the fluid concept of “other status, attribute or characteristics” as the 20th element, which makes the list practically open-ended. (About the interpretation of this feature ‘other status’, the Equal Treatment Authority issued a ‘Position of the ETA Advisory Board on the definition of ’other condition as a ground of discrimnation’[2] recently, in 2010 April.)

According to the Equal Treatment Act, the grounds of unequal treatment might be:[3]

a) sex, b) racial origin,

c) colour,

d) nationality,

e) national or ethnic origin,

f) mother tongue,

g) disability,

h) state of health,

i) religious or ideological conviction,

j) political or other opinion,

k) family status,

l) motherhood (pregnancy) or fatherhood,

m) sexual orientation,

n) sexual identity,

o) age,

p) social origin,

q) financial status,

r) the part-time nature or definite term of the employment relationship or other relationship related to employment,

s) the membership of an organisation representing employees’ interests,

t) other status.


[1] Act CXXV of 2003 on Equal Treatment and Promotion of Equal Opportunities, promulgated on 28. 12. 2003., (Date of access: 20. 02. 2012.)

[2] Az EgyenlÅ‘ Bánásmód Tanácsadó Testület 288/2/2010. (IV.9.) TT. sz. állásfoglalása az egyéb helyzet meghatározásával kapcsolatban [Position no. 288/2/2010. (IV.9.) TT. of the Equal Treatment Authority’s Advisory Board on the definition of ’other condition as a ground of discrimination’], April 2010, ( Date of access: 20. 02. 2012.)

[3] Article 8 of Act CXXV of 2003


Groups affected/interested Migrants, Refugees, Roma & Travelers, Muslims, Ethnic minorities, Religious minorities, Linguistic minorities, Majority, Asylum seekers, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, Persons with disability
Type (R/D) On grounds of other belief
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Anti-discrimination
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