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Hungary de facto removes itself from the Common European Asylum System

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled on 14 May 2020 that Hungary’s practice of automatically placing the quasi-totality of asylum-seekers in closed land-border transit zones during the entire asylum procedure constitutes unlawful detention. As a reaction, the Hungarian government announced the introduction of a new asylum system.

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Emergence of a broad consensus on transit zone detention

This information update shows how the broad consensus by international organisations that qualifies placement in the transit zones of Hungary as deprivation of liberty has emerged. The update compiles a list of key judgments, adopted UN opinions and concluding observations, reports and statements of Council of Europe and UN institutions focusing on the transit zones at Röszke and Tompa at the Hungarian-Serbian border after March 2017.

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World Refugee Day – 1 out of 40,000: Karox

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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A victory for civil society: EU Court finds foreign-funded NGO law is against EU law

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled yesterday that the 2017 Hungarian law requiring non-governmental organizations receiving at least HUF 9 million in grants from outside Hungary to register in a special registry and label themselves as a “foreign-funded organization” on their website and publications are stigmatizing, harmful and in breach of EU law.

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EU Court: Hungary unlawfully detains people in the transit zone and deprives them of a fair asylum procedure

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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Hungarian NGOs’ contribution to European Commission’s first Rule of Law Report

Eight Hungarian NGOs, participating in the stakeholder consultation launched by the European Commission for its first annual Rule of Law Report, trust that the EC will make concrete, enforceable recommendations to EU Member States, hence also for Hungary on how to advance rule of law in the EU. In 2020, the European Commission will issue its first Rule of Law Report, covering all EU Member States.

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Why was an Iranian student deported from Hungary? – video

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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