Hungary has become the first EU country to announce not to attend the fourth edition of the United Nations (UN)-organized World Conference on Racism in Durban (WCRD) in September,

the Jerusalem Post

reports

.

The country is said to have made this decision because anti-Semitic and anti-Israel statements were made during an earlier edition of the conference.

"The Hungarian government has a

zero tolerance

policy against anti-Semitism and is fully committed to ensuring the security of the Jewish people," Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó explained the decision in a letter to the Jewish human rights organization the Simon Wiesenthal Center. .

In December, Hungary voted against a UN resolution to host a fourth edition of the WCRD.

According to

the Jerusalem Post

, the first edition of the conference, in 2001, was a breeding ground for anti-Semitism.

The United States boycotted the second and third editions of WCRD in 2009 and 2011.

The Netherlands was one of the countries that did the same.

Hungary passed a controversial law earlier this month banning the "promotion" of homosexuality and gender-changing.

In Western and Northern Europe in particular, the Hungarian law was met with horror.

Several countries have already addressed Hungary about the new law.

On behalf of the Netherlands, outgoing minister Sigrid Kaag (Foreign Affairs) called the law "unacceptable, discriminatory and unworthy of the EU".

See also: This is what you need to know about the new anti-gay legislation in Hungary

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