The Hungarian Helsinki Committee was granted leave to submit a third party intervention in the case of R.M. and Others v. Poland. The case concerns a Russian family with small children who were detained in Poland following their return from Germany by virtue of the Dublin Regulation.
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.
Giving continuity to their cooperation, in the past months, the HHC and the Dutch Council for Refugees (DCR) collaborated on the project Conducting strategic communications and advocacy in complex policy environments, funded by EPIM (European Programme for Integration and Migration).
Since 2015, the systematic government’s anti-migrant hate campaign has strongly relied on an Islamophobic and anti-Muslim rhetoric, which has increased intolerance of the majority population towards Muslim communities. With this backdrop, the HHC decided to execute the project Right to faith: protecting the right to freedom of religion in Hungary over 2018 and 2019, funded by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Budapest.
The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (GC) delivered its judgment in the case of Ilias and Ahmed v. Hungary on 21 November 2019. In its judgment the GC affirmed the Chamber’s judgment of 2017 in relation to the violation of Article 3 regarding the return of the applicants to Serbia.
The Kúria (Supreme Court of Hungary) upheld the Budapest Court of Appeal’s (Fővárosi Ítélőtábla) previous final judgment in all aspects: The Hungarian Government’s 2017 National Consultation Questionnaire contained false allegations and ruined the Hungarian Helsinki Committee’s reputation. The ruling ordered the Prime Minister’s Office to pay two million HUF in damages.
Ilias and Ahmed, clients of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, have been granted EUR 5,000 each as a compensation of their non-pecuniary damages by the European Court of Human Rights. Their human rights have been violated when the Hungarian authorities failed in their duty to examine the risks the applicants would be facing as a result of their expulsion to Serbia.
Last week a desperate “ping-pong game” between the Hungarian asylum authority and a court in Pécs, Hungary came to an end on behalf of a man who suffered so much over years. Alexei Torubarov, who was politically persecuted by the Putin regime, has been recognised as a refugee.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is a human rights treaty which sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health, and cultural rights of children. The implementation of the CRC is monitored by a body of 18 independent international experts, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
The Hungarian Helsinki Committee welcomes the decision of the European Commission to refer Hungary to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) for what the Hungarian government calls the ’Stop Soros’ act. The Commission also decided to launch a new infringement procedure for withholding food from those detained in the transit zones.