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Hungary: Asylum-seekers with Inadmissible Claims are Denied Food in the Transit Zones at the Border

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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Hungary: Update on Dublin Transfers

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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Grand Chamber hearing in case of asylum-seekers held in transit zone

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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Response to the Hungarian Government’s spokesperson’s blog entry

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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Helsinki Committee Wins Lawsuit Against Cabinet Office Over Stop Soros National Consultation

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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Information leaflet for asylum seekers

The updated information leaflet of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee on the legal provisions of the Hungarian asylum procedure is available now. The publication was supported by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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