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).
The Hungarian government continued its harsh anti-refugee policies in 2016. The legislative and policy changes implemented during 2016 were all in line with the Hungarian government’s aims and intentions to dismantle the country’s asylum system and deter people in need of international protection from seeking refuge in Hungary.
On 14 February, the Hungarian government has submitted to Parliament a package of amendments to five acts. These proposed legal changes, which are extreme and flagrant violations of European Union asylum law and European and international human rights standards and European values, warrant an immediate and definite response by the European Commission and other EU institutions.