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This short guide offers a framework to enable various professionals working in the context of asylum and refugee assistance to better respond to the unique needs of asylum seekers who are suffering from trauma or are torture victims. EU law requires all Member States to ensure that there are early identification procedures and adequate reception conditions for responding to torture victims or traumatized asylum-seekers (among other safeguards).

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 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.

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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.

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