Fifty members of the United States Congress called on Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to stand up against the anti-Semitic and “homophobic” remarks and positions of far-right political party Jobbik, Bloomberg News reported.
“We’re deeply concerned by anti-Semitic and homophobic positions espoused by members of the Jobbik party,” the lawmakers said in a letter addressed to Orban and posted on the website of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Jobbik is Hungary’s second-largest opposition party after winning 47 seats in Hungary’s 386-member Parliament in the 2010 general elections.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel returned a Hungarian state award earlier this month after officials paid tribute to Jozsef Nyiro, an anti-Semitic writer who was a member of the Nazi-allied Arrow Cross regime during World War II.
Laszlo Kover, Hungary’s speaker of parliament and other government officials attended a memorial ceremony on March 27 to honor writer Jozsef Nyiro in the ethnic Hungarian part of Romania, where Wiesel was born.