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CASE OF ILIAS AND AHMED v. HUNGARY
3. On 25 September 2015 the applicants submitted a request for an interim measure under Rule 39 of the Rules of Court. In that request, they sought to be released from the transit zone and that their impending expulsion to Serbia be halted. They submitted that the conditions of their allegedly unlawful detention at the transit zone were inadequate given their vulnerable status and that no legal remedy was available to them. Furthermore, they argued that the expulsion exposed them to a real risk of inhuman and degrading treatment resulting from the risk of chain-refoulement. They relied on Articles 3, 5 and 13 of the Convention.
Kids in jail and a price tag for detention - what does the new Hungarian asylum law mean in practice?
The Hungarian government has passed an amendment in the national legislation on March 7th 2017. The content is a blatant attack on people who are seeking international protection. Several legal rights professionals have done a great job reacting to the content of the legislation, and explaining why it is in such striking contradiction with existing laws (the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, UNHCR, UNICEF, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch), so Migszol will in turn try to open up these obscure legal changes to reveal what it does to people on a very practical level.
Asylum system in Hungary dismantled as elections approach - Migszol update
What was before a more or less, albeit poorly, functioning asylum system, has been turned into a carefully constructed, but unsustainable, system of detention and transit zones. Systematic pushbacks to Serbia, and more recently to Romania, continue. The fence area has developed into a militarized zone of pushbacks and detention.
Minimum standards required in the transit zones on the Hungarian land borders
“ In this sector there are only Kurdish families. This is nice for us because at least we can talk with other people in the same language while we are inside these “four walls”. Our children too can play with other Kurdish children. The adults spend the whole day sitting in this table and discussing what awaits us next while the children play. This is the everyday life of ours here. Nothing more, nothing less. It is our fourth month in this place and are waiting for the second decision since some months. We already got a negative decision on our asylum case in the first month, which we do not understand why. My mother and father pray everyday that somehow we get the next decision as positive, otherwise we don’t know what to do… we don’t know what to do.”