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Today is World Refugee Day. Each year hundreds of thousands leave their home due to wars, hunger, torture and persecution globally. In Europe, although often perceived as a safe region, asylum-seekers are often met by refusal, detention and expulsion. The Hungarian Helsinki Committee works towards providing effective assistance to those fleeing to Hungary.

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The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) delivered its judgment today in the joint cases concerning two asylum-seeking families held in the transit zone in Röszke, at the Hungarian-Serbian border. The applicants are represented by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC). The cases originate in preliminary ruling requests lodged by Hungarian judges in December 2019.

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The authorities expelled an Iranian pharmacist student from Hungary as a result of a politically motivated show trial, even though she did not commit any violation of law. She is one of those Iranian students who had allegedly violated the hospital quarantine rules. We present the story of this young woman referring to her under the fictitious name Simin/Zara.

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Budapest, 23 April 2020 — The Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) delivered his opinion in the joint cases concerning two asylum-seeking families held in one of the transit zones in Röszke at the Hungarian-Serbian border. The applicants are represented by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC). The cases originate in preliminary ruling requests lodged by Hungarian judges in December 2019.

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The Hungarian Helsinki Committee made a movie about the Russian asylum-seeker, Alexei Torubarov. His eventful and touching story illustrates how unfairly refugees are demonized. The case of our client persecuted for his political views had to be brought before the Court of Justice of the European Union to grant final protection after six years of calvary. His endurance helped others to be recognized as refugees by the Hungarian courts.

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The High Court of Budapest (Fővárosi Törvényszék) rejected the appeal of an Iranian pharmacist student in her fourth academic year. We are referring to her under the fictitious name Zara. She asked the Court to prevent her deportation to Iran, one of the most infected countries by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Key success at the European Court of Justice The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled to declare a provision of the Hungarian asylum act, introduced in July 2018 as contrary to EU law. The Hungarian regulation introduced a new inadmissibility concept, the ‘safe transit country’ based on which asylum seekers have been automatically rejected without an in-merit examination of their application since the summer of 2018.

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Are you a foreign citizen having trouble returning to Hungary from abroad now? Here’s some advice. The Hungarian government’s confusing communication about who are and who are not allowed to enter Hungary now as borders are closing has left many people confused and worried. We are hearing about many foreigners who live in Hungary and who are now stuck in another country trying to get back to their home and families in Hungary.

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The Prime Minister’s Office admitted in a press release today that he had misinformed the Hungarian public by presenting “misleading and falsely presented facts” about the activities of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee. As the Supreme Court ruled the apology has to be issued on the landing page of kormany.hu, the governments ’s official website, and leave it posted for 30 days.

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