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- The native form of this personal name is Morvai Krisztina. This article uses the Western name order.
Krisztina Morvai in 2009
|Born||June 22, 1963 |
|Alma mater||Eötvös Loránd University|
|Political party||Elected on Movement for a Better Hungary ticket.|
|Spouse(s)||György Baló; 3 children|
Krisztina Morvai (born 22 June 1963) is a Hungarian lawyer and Human Rights lecturer and author. She was elected on the political party list of Jobbik Magyarországért Mozgalom (Movement for a Better Hungary) in the 2009 European Parliament elections. Morvai is not, however, a member of Jobbik.
Life and career
Morvai was born in Budapest in 1963 to parents Klári Fekete and Miklós Morvai. After graduating from the ELTE Apáczai Csere János High School she went to Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest, getting a law degree cum laude. After graduation she gained qualifications to practice as a judge in Hungary, but instead of working in that capacity she went on to teach at the university, currently as an associate professor. In 1989 she was the first recipient of a British Government scholarship for students in central Europe and was presented with her award by UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher personally. She used the scholarship to study advanced law at King's College London gaining a Master of Laws degree. In 1993-1994 she taught law in the United States at the University of Wisconsin–Madison as a Fulbright scholar. She primarily researches the area of penal law, dealing with the retrospective administration of justice, the question of abortion, victim's rights in criminal procedure, the dignity and rights of the HIV positive, child abuse and sexual exploitation, the problem of prostitution, discrimination and domestic violence. She is author of the book Terror a családban (Terror in the family) a book on domestic violence.
In the 1990s, Morvai worked for the European Commission of Human Rights where she was shocked to discover that the Commission spies electronically on the computer usage of its own researchers, and between 2003-2006 she was a member of the Women's Anti-discrimination Committee of the United Nations.
Morvai had come to international attention several times over various human rights issues. She was the Hungarian member of a UN Women's Rights Committee and on one occasion she notably defended the human rights of sex workers and on another those of Arab women in Israel.
She is a mother with three daughters, including (twins). She and her husband György Baló, a Hungarian television reporter, no longer live together but believe that "the best thing for the children is when both parents are there for them. We live in the same house, but in two separate households." .
Since announcing her candidature for the European elections, Morvai has become a focus of attention for the media, shunning interviews with the United Kingdom press in light of what she sees as biased attacks. During the election campaign, Morvai said that if it entered parliament, Jobbik would join “one of the eurosceptic factions which will only form in the light of the election results”. On 7 June 2009, Morvai was elected MEP (Member of the European Parliament) along with two of her colleagues on the Jobbik ticket. After the election Morvai stated that despite the large amount of defamation Jobbik calls on its political opponents to come together and cooperate to achieve the goals of the country. György Baló, a Hungarian television personality and husband of Morvai, was recused from his usual role of leading the election coverage to avoid accusations of bias.
Foreign causes and disputes
In the UN Women's Rights Committee Morvai conducted research into what she called the "inhumane living conditions" of Palestinian women, which resulted in a complaint being filed against her by the Israeli government.  In 2006, after she was removed from her UN position, she complained that this was due to Israeli political pressure which resulted in her losing her seat and being replaced by a Hungarian Jewish woman, Andrea Pető, whom she described as "a well-known zionist activist". Pető, actually an activist of the feminist, Jewish traditionalist cultural foundation Esztertáska, did not receive the necessary votes to be confirmed to the committee. In March 2009 the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and Jungle World quoted an undated and otherwise unreported speech in 2008 in which Morvai "advised" the "liberal-bolshevick zionists" to "start thinking of where to flee and where to hide". Morvai made a similar suggestion in a letter addressed to the editors of the weekly Élet és Irodalom. In February 2009, Morvai objected to Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip and called it a "mass murder" and "genocide" of the Palestinian people and in an open letter to the Israeli ambassador to Hungary wrote that Israel held itself above the law and that its leaders would be imprisoned for their actions in Gaza, she continued, "The only way to talk to people like you is by assuming the style of Hamas. I wish all of you lice-infested, dirty murderers will receive Hamas' 'kisses.'"  In November 2009, Palestinian Return Centre withdrew Morvai's invitation to a London conference in support of Palestine.
- ^ Kispál, Gergely (May 27, 2009). "EP Elections - Interview with Jobbik candidate Krisztina Morvai". The Budapest Times. http://www.budapesttimes.hu/content/view/12071/219/.
- ^ "Dr. Morvai Krisztina önéletrajza, (Curriculum Vitae of Krisztina Morvai, (Hungarian))". . June 8, 2009. http://www.election.hu/hu/ep2009/21/21_0_index.html. Retrieved June 8, 2009. ""Dr. Morvai Krisztina önéletrajza...ELTE Állam és Jogtudományi Karán szereztem jogász diplomát. Bírói szakvizsgám, valamint LL. M (Master of Law) és Ph.D (régi fogalmak szerint kandidátus) tudományos fokozatom van""
- ^ Jewish Telegraphic Agency
- ^ Source of information, Gerard Mulholland in private conversation with Krisztina Morvai.
- ^ "Jobbik’s new EU-candidate: Dr Krisztina Morvai". Jobbik. September 3, 2008. http://www.jobbik.com/?p=149. Retrieved June 7, 2009.
- ^ , Heti Válasz, May 14, 2009
- ^ Freeman, Colin (May 24, 2009). "Feminine face of Hungary's far-Right Jobbik movement seeks MEP's seat". The Daily Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/5372983/Feminine-face-of-Hungarys-far-Right-Jobbik-movement-seeks-MEPs-seat.html. Retrieved June 7, 2009.
- ^ MTI
- ^ Morvai Krisztina: "Nem leszünk második Palesztina"
- ^ Amikor hiányzik Baló György
- ^ Women’s Anti-Discrimination Committee Voices Concern about Inequalities among Ethnic Groups, as It Takes up Israel’s Report "it was obvious that Palestinian women had a second-class status compared with Jewish women in Israel. The Government justified such treatment of Palestinian women without Israeli citizenship with security reasons..."
- ^ Morvai Krisztina portréja: Gyurcsány miatt lett hazaszerető
- ^ a b "Morvai v Pető" (in (English)). Heti Világgazdaság. August 7, 2006. http://hvg.hu/english/20060807petomorvaiun.aspx?s=24h. Retrieved June 7, 2009.
- ^ Hungarian Jews reeling from far-right party’s gains
- ^ "Der Marsch auf Budapest" (in (German)). Jungle World. March 26, 2009. http://jungle-world.com/artikel/2009/13/33589.html. Retrieved June 8, 2009.
- ^ Morvai's letter to Élet és Irodalom, 14 November 2008.
- ^ Hungary far-rightist: I rejoiced at news of IDF deaths in Gaza, Haaretz, 6 February 2009
- ^ BNP's European ally Krisztina Morvai axed from London conference after protests, The Observer, Sunday, 15 November 2009.
Books and articles
- Gender Discrimination – Related Cases Before the European Commission and Court of Human Rights. = Promoting Human Rights and Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe. 1995.
- What is Missing the Rhetoric of Choice? UCLA Women’s Law Journal. 1995.
- Magánügy-e a feleségbántalmazás? Belügyi Szemle. 1998/3. 55-71.
- Terror a családban. A feleségbántalmazás és a jog. Budapest, Kossuth Kiadó, 1998.
- KITTI Rettegés és erőszak – otthon Rejtjel Kiadó – ISBN 9637255095
- Morvai Krisztina -- Official web site
- Jobbik Magyarországért Mozgalom -- Official web site of Movement for a Better Hungary (English)