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The right to seek asylum and the obligation of protecting refugees is enshrined in numerous international human rights instruments and forms an integral part of European values. Working in partnership with UNHCR, the HHC provides free legal assistance to asylum seekers arriving in Hungary and strives to ensure access to asylum for those in need of international protection (such as refugees or stateless persons). Through our legal counselling and training activities, we work towards ensuring high-quality and rights-based asylum procedures both in Hungary and the EU. We also maintain The Refugee Law Reader, a unique international on-line refugee law curriculum website. We promote the rights and the protection of stateless persons.

The Hungarian Helsinki Committee’s information update provides an overview on the application of the Dublin III regulation in relation to Hungary since 2015. The summary table lists key decisions of administrative authorities and courts at various levels in 15 Member States relating to Dublin transfers to Hungary, as well as a brief statistical overview of transfers to Hungary since March 2017. The document is available here.

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On 18 April 2018 at 09:15 am CET, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) held an open hearing in the case of Ilias and Ahmed v. Hungary. It concerned the detention of two Bangladeshi asylum-seekers in the transit zone for 23 days as well as their removal from Hungary to Serbia. The two asylum-seekers are represented by attorneys of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee.

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Following the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in January of this year, the Administrative and Labour Court, Szeged repealed the decision of the Hungarian Immigration and Asylum Office which allowed the use of psychological testing in determining an asylum seeker’s sexual orientation.

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The Hungarian Government’s spokesperson published a blog post on 28 February 2018 to give "some examples of NGOs facilitating illegal migration in Hungary and Europe". Out of the examples cited as evidence of "aiding and abetting illegal immigration", three refer to applications lodged by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC) at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

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Today the Metropolitan Court of Budapest in its first instance ruling found that in the ‘National Consultation’ questionnaire, the Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister had violated the Hungarian Helsinki Committee’s right to good reputation. The court found that the statements in Question 5 of the questionnaire related to the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC) are false and misrepresent the human rights organization.

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Against unprecedented pressure and the further dismantling of the rule of law in Hungary we remained a strong human rights watchdog in 2017. We continued to stand up for preserving democratic values, a vivid and independent civil society, the right to asylum and freedom from torture and inhuman treatment. Click here to learn more about what we achieved through strategic litigation, advocacy and capacity-building in 2017.

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