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A new inadmissibility ground, a hybrid of the concepts of safe third country and first country of asylum, is in effect since 1 July 2018. The new provision stems from amendments to the Asylum Act and the Fundamental Law but it was only put to practice now, in mid-August. The application of the new inadmissibility criterion means asylum claims are rejected and claimants become subject to alien policing procedures.

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the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in January of this year, the Administrative and Labour Court, Szeged repealed the decision of the Hungarian Immigration and Asylum Office which allowed the use of psychological testing in determining an asylum seeker’s sexual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