The aim of the project is to decrease the use of unlawful and unnecessary detention of asylum seekers in four countries in Europe: Hungary, Bulgaria, Greece and Italy. The project studies where the red line is drawn between detention and reception in these four countries, and advocates for clarifying these practices according to the international legal standards.
The Hungarian Helsinki Committee implemented the ACESO project between April 2015 and May 2017. Together with the Cordelia Foundation, the Croatian Law Centre, the Foundation for Access to Rights, the Assistance Centre for Torture Survivors and the Greek Council for Refugees, the consortium provided complex legal and rehabilitation services to hundreds of victims of torture in Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia and Greece.
The right to a nationality at birth (or soon after) is still painfully often seen as a reserved domain of state sovereignty and discretion, an approach which is incorrect in light of relevant international obligations.
The Hungarian Helsinki Committee's unique report is the first that solely focuses on the situation of asylum seeking children in Hungary. From the moment of lodging an asylum application to the final stages of the asylum procedure and the early stages of integration, the report explains the legal and institutional context in which asylum seeking children, including unaccompanied children live their everyday lives.
The Refugee Law Reader is a comprehensive on-line model curriculum for the study of the complex and rapidly evolving field of international refugee law. The Reader provides sections on international and regional frameworks of refugee law, covering Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. The Reader is aimed for the use of professors, lawyers, advocates, and students across a wide range of national jurisdictions.
“I was detained in my home country by an unknown armed group. I was beaten in prison with my hands tied to my back and my eyes blindfolded. I didn’t know who they were. Being closed here reminds me continuously of those experiences. I have flashbacks all the time and I cannot sleep at night. If I do fall asleep, nightmares wake me up.
Border monitoring activities have been carried out in Hungary since 2006 under a tripartite cooperation agreement between the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, the UNHCR Regional Representation and the National Police Headquarters.