Hungary: European Court declares authorities broke EU law by detaining asylum-seekers in transit zone

"This is a damning indictment of Hungary’s treatment of asylum-seekers. Today the EU Court has made clear: Hungary held two families seeking asylum in a border transit zone for more than a year, giving them no opportunity to have their situation reviewed by a court, and with no option to lawfully leave that zone of their own free will in any direction. In doing so, Hungary broke EU law.


The Hungarian government must immediately stop the inhumane practice of detaining people while they await decisions on their asylum applications or regarding their removal from the country. Moreover, Hungary must implement this judgement and accordingly release the women, men and children currently held in the transit zones for unlawful periods of time.  

We also need to see the law on seeking asylum amended by the Hungarian Parliament, to ensure that the abuses that these families suffered are not repeated.

This decision was preceded by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) Grand Chamber judgment in Ilias and Ahmed v Hungary in November 2019, which found that Hungary breached its human rights obligations by returning asylum-seekers to Serbia without considering the risk that they might be exposed to inhuman and degrading treatment upon arrival. The CJEU goes further than the ECtHR and finds that confinement in the Röszke transit zone without a formal decision and due process safeguards amounts to arbitrary detention."

Hungary: European Court declares authorities broke EU law by detaining asylum-seekers in transit zone (Amnesty International, link)

 

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