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Hungary: Legal amendments to detain all asylum-seekers a deliberate new attack on the rights of refugees and migrants

Amnesty International regrets the adoption of the latest comprehensive set of amendments to Hungarian asylum laws in the National Assembly on 7 March 2017. The amendments to five different laws , if signed into law by the President and proclaimed in the official journal will lock up all asylum-seekers in border “transit zones” for the whole duration of their asylum process, including any appeals, as well as enable the push-back (summary expulsion) of all persons found in an irregular situation in Hungary to the external side of the country’s extensive border fences.

Date:
9 March 2017
Ref:
EUR 27/5855/2017
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  • Hungary
  • Refugees

Hungary: container camp bill is flagrant violation of international law

Responding to the Hungarian Parliament’s adoption of a set of amendments allowing for the automatic detention of all asylum seekers while their applications are processed, Gauri Van Gulik, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Europe, said: “Plans to automatically detain some of the world’s most vulnerable people in shipping containers behind razor wire fences, sometimes for months on end, are beyond the pale.

Date:
7 March 2017
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  • Hungary
  • Refugees

Hungary stoops to new low with plan to round up asylum seekers in container camp

The Hungarian government’s announcement that it will detain all asylum seekers in containers near the border is yet another disturbing move in a pattern of demonizing this already very vulnerable group, Amnesty International said today. The government will submit its proposal to Parliament which will then debate and vote on the measures within weeks. If adopted, it will be in clear contravention of EU law and the Refugee Convention.

Date:
10 February 2017
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Discrimination

A drop of hope in the sea of fear: Tackling hate crimes against Roma in Hungary

“It was like hell. Bottles and stones were falling on us like a hailstorm,” recalls Alfréd Király. “All the children were terrified. We asked the police to protect us but they wouldn’t. ” More than four years after the incident, during which hundreds of violent demonstrators surrounded his home shouting anti-Roma slogans and throwing rocks through his windows, Alfred is still shaken by the memory. But this week he and other Romani families won an important victory in their long struggle for justice.

Date:
25 January 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

EU: Orwellian counter-terrorism laws stripping rights under guise of defending them

Sweeping new laws are driving Europe into a deep and dangerous state of permanent securitization, Amnesty International said on the publication of a comprehensive human rights analysis of counter-terrorism measures across 14 EU member states. Dangerously disproportionate: The ever-expanding national security state in Europe reveals how a deluge of laws and amendments passed with break-neck speed, is undermining fundamental freedoms and dismantling hard-won human rights protections.

Date:
17 January 2017
  • Research
  • Austria
  • EU

Europe: Dangerously disproportionate: The ever-expanding national security state in Europe - Executive Summary

Hundreds of people were killed and wounded in a spate of violent attacks in European Union (EU) states between January 2015 and December 2016. They were shot by armed men, blown up in suicide bomb attacks and deliberately run over as they walked in the street. These callous crimes did not just target individuals; they were also attacks on societies, on how people live and what people think. The need to protect people from such wanton violence is obvious and urgent.

Date:
17 January 2017
Ref:
EUR 01/5343/2017
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  • Austria
  • EU

Europe: Dangerously disproportionate: The ever-expanding national security state in Europe

Hundreds of people were killed and wounded in violent attacks in the European Union in 2015 and 2016. The need to protect people from such wanton violence is obvious and urgent. This report gives a bird’s eye view of the national security landscape and shows just how widespread and deep the “securitization” of Europe has become. It focuses on eight themes: states of emergency, principle of legality, right to privacy, freedom of expression, right to liberty, freedom of movement, stripping of nationality, and the prohibition on sending people to places where they risk torture.

Date:
17 January 2017
Ref:
EUR 01/5342/2017
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  • Detention

Hungary: Shameful misuse of terrorism provisions as man involved in border clash jailed for 10 years

In response to the sentencing of Ahmed H, to 10 years in prison on terrorism charges for his involvement in clashes with Hungarian border guards at a Serbia-Hungary border crossing last year, Gauri van Gulik, Amnesty International’s Deputy Europe Directorwho attended the court hearing said:  “This verdict is based on a blatant misuse of terrorism provisions and reflects a disturbing confluence of two dangerous trends: the misuse of terrorism-related offenses and the appalling treatment of refugees and migrants.

Date:
30 November 2016
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How a family man in Cyprus ended up in a Hungarian jail cell accused of ‘terrorism’

**UPDATE: On 30 November, Ahmed H was found guilty on all counts by the Szeged District Court and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He is appealing the verdict and the sentence. The prosecution has also announced that it intends to appeal what it considers a "lenient" sentence. One summer’s evening last year Ahmed was at home in Cyprus with his wife Nadia and their young children when he received the call that would turn his life upside down.

Date:
29 November 2016
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

Hungary's mistreatment of refugees today ignores history

Sixty years on and half a world away, Judy Kepecz-Hays still remembers the fear. “We were walking through the forest towards the border. My mother told me not to make a sound,” she recalled. “There were cases where crying babies were accidently suffocated by parents trying not to alert the soldiers. ” It was early November 1956, soon after the short-lived Hungarian uprising had been brutally put down, and Kepecz-Hays was escaping Hungary with her parents, her 3-year-old brother and her 18-month-old sister.

Date:
21 October 2016
  • Research
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

Hungary: Amnesty International regrets Hungary’s breach of refugee and migrants' rights - Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcome on Hungary

The UN Human Rights Council adopted the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of Hungary on 21 September 2016 during its 33rd session. Prior to the adoption of the report of the review Amnesty International delivered this oral statement. Amnesty International also contributed to the information basis of the review through its submission on Hungary: https://www. amnesty. org/en/documents/eur27/3471/2016/en/.

Date:
28 September 2016
Ref:
EUR 27/4906/2016
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  • Hungary
  • Refugees

Hungary: Stranded hope: Hungary’s sustained attack on the rights of refugees and migrants

Fences, teargas, and draconian legislation: over the last year the Hungarian authorities have baulked at little in their determination to keep refugees and migrants out of the country. The government’s programme of militarization, criminalization and isolation has ushered in a set of measures which have resulted in violent push-backs at the border with Serbia, unlawful detentions inside the country and dire living conditions for those waiting at the border.

Date:
27 September 2016
Ref:
EUR 27/4864/2016
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

Hungary: Appalling treatment of asylum-seekers a deliberate populist ploy

Asylum-seekers – including unaccompanied children – are suffering violent abuse, illegal push backs and unlawful detention at the hands of Hungary’s authorities and a system blatantly designed to deter them, Amnesty International has revealed in a new report. Stranded hope: Hungary’s sustained attack on the rights of refugees and migrants, published against the backdrop of the toxic referendum campaign on refugee quotas, finds hundreds of asylum-seekers are left waiting for months in degrading conditions.

Date:
27 September 2016
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The long crossing to Hungary: refugees between borders and barbed wire

Todor Gardos and Alice Wyss, Europe researchers at Amnesty International. "The journey has been so difficult, especially for my child," Noor*, a 27-year-old woman from Afghanistan tells us. Noor is in Horgoš (Хоргош) on the Serbian-Hungarian border, a tented pre-transit camp beside a high barbed-wire fence. Each morning she joins hundreds of others, crowding around anxiously to look at a list, to see where their name is and how much longer they have to wait.

Date:
11 August 2016