Márta Pardavi, co-chair of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee spoke at the hearing on "the Situation in Hungary" in the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE). The speech can be read here.
20.10.2017 Authorities terminated cooperation agreements with the HHC
Authorities terminated cooperation agreements with the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and denied access to police DETENTION, prisons and immigration DETENTION after two decades of cooperation and 2000+ visits. The HHC can no longer monitor human rights in closed institutions, even though NGOs' access to police, prison and immigration DETENTION reduces the risk of torture and ill-treatment and contributes to improving DETENTION conditions.
21.09.2017 ACESO – Access to early protection and rehabilitation services right on arrival in the EU
The Hungarian Helsinki Committee implemented the ACESO project between April 2015 and May 2017. Together with the Cordelia Foundation, the Croatian Law Centre, the Foundation for Access to Rights, the Assistance Centre for Torture Survivors and the Greek Council for Refugees, the consortium provided complex legal and rehabilitation services to hundreds of victims of torture in Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia and Greece.
30.08.2017 Minimum standards required in the transit zones on the Hungarian land borders
Since 28 March 2017 all asylum-seekers, with the only exception of unaccompanied minors under 14, are held in the closed transit zones for the entirety of their asylum procedure. That placement in the transit zone amounts to unlawful DETENTION is clearly stated in the European Court of Human Rights' judgement in the case of Ilias and Ahmed v. Hungary of 14 March 2017.
27.06.2017 Follow-up of the ECtHR pilot judgment on prison overcrowding
In its March 2015 pilot judgment issued in the Varga and Others v. Hungary case (in which three of the applicants were represented by the HHC), the European Court of Human Rights concluded that the overcrowding of penitentiaries in Hungary constitutes a structural problem, and Hungary should produce a plan to reduce overcrowding.
Know Your Rights! Short movie on the rights of suspects in Hungary What happens to me if I am suspected with committing a criminal offence in Hungary? May I ask the police officer what the suspicion is against me? May I ask the police officer to explain my rights to me? Do I have to answer to all questions of the police officers? Do I always have the right to a lawyer? What happens if I do not have enough money to pay for a la
28.03.2017 Hungary: Law on automatic detention of all asylum seekers in border transit zones enters into force, despite breaching human rights and EU law
The law XX of 2007 on the amendment of certain acts to tighten the procedures conducted on the border entered into force today, on 28 March 2017. The law has been heavily criticised by human rights NGOs, UNHCR, UNICEF, the Council of Europe's Human Rights Commissioner and the Lanzarote Committee.
02.03.2017 Draft Law Tramples Asylum Seekers’ Rights – EU Should Seek To Halt Plan to Hold Asylum Seekers in Transit Zones
A draft bill proposed by the Hungarian government would allow the authorities to automatically detain asylum seekers in transit zones and to summarily return asylum seekers to the Serbian border from anywhere in Hungary, Human Rights Watch and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee said in a February 24 letter to the European Commission calling for it to intervene.
15.02.2017 Hungary: Government’s New Asylum Bill on Collective Push-backs and Automatic Detention
On 14 February, the Hungarian government has submitted to Parliament a package of amendments to five acts. These proposed legal changes, which are extreme and flagrant violations of European Union asylum law and European and international human rights standards and European values, warrant an immediate and definite response by the European Commission and other EU institutions.
For the rule of law and human rights in Hungary – our 25 main achievements in 2016 We gave 832 clients free legal advice about police measures, ill-treatment and their rights in DETENTION. 2800 asylum-seekers received free legal advice about the asylum procedure, their rights in DETENTION and family reunification.