Since 28 March 2017 all asylum-seekers, with the only exception of unaccompanied minors under 14, are held in the closed transit zones for the entirety of their asylum procedure. That placement in the transit zone amounts to unlawful detention is clearly stated in the European Court of Human Rights' judgement in the case of Ilias and Ahmed v. Hungary of 14 March 2017.
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 information update provides an overview of the interim measures granted by the European Court of Human Rights or the United Nations Human Rights Committee in applications against Hungary between January and May 2017. The update includes a summary of all cases, including their implementation by the Hungarian authorities. The information update is available online here.
Fifty days after the latest legal changes entered into force on 28 March 2017, it transpires that the Hungarian asylum system has been reduced to the bare minimum through legislative and administrative measures.
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.
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).