Budapest (MTI) – Hungary’s refugee policy reached a “new low” with the decision to “lock refugees into containers”, Amnesty International (AI) said on Friday.
The international human rights organisation responded to government office chief János Lázár’s Thursday announcement that asylum seekers in Hungary will be required to remain in shelters comprised of containers during the assessment period.
“This is the government’s latest attempt to criminalise and demonise vulnerable people,” AI expert Aron Demeter told MTI, adding that once approved, the legislation would represent a clear breach of EU law and the Geneva Convention.
He cited AI’s European deputy director Gauri van Gulik as saying that the bill was a new reason for the EU to take a resolute stand against the Hungarian government’s “appalling measures that clearly defy international law”.
Lázár announced on Thursday that the government will define a mandatory place of residence for those seeking to immigrate. This place of residence will be on the border, where containers holding 200-300 will be erected. Asylum applicants will be required to await assessment there, Lázár said.