The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has referred to its Grand Chamber the Hungarian government’s appeal against an earlier ruling in the case of two Bangladeshi migrants, who had been denied asylum in Hungary.

The Strasbourg court ruled against Hungary in a primary procedure in March this year, saying that the Hungarian authorities had illegally detained the two asylum-seekers and forced them to return to Serbia in October 2015.

In its ruling, the ECtHR said that Hungary had violated the European Convention on Human Rights, and stipulated that

Hungary should pay over 18,000 euros compensation plus legal fees to each complainant.

Hungary’s appeal was accepted by a five-strong jury, and will be heard by the Grand Chamber acting as a secondary court.


Govt official welcomes European rights court ruling on Bangladeshi asylum cases

Hungary welcomes the ruling by the European Court of Human Rights accepting the government’s appeal concerning the case of two Bangladeshi asylum seekers, a justice ministry official said on Wednesday. The court originally ruled their detainment in autumn 2015 and subsequent return to Serbia unlawful.

Pál Völner, state secretary at the justice ministry, told MTI by phone that Hungary from the very beginning had rejected the Strasbourg-based court’s first ruling that the country had violated the European Convention on Human Rights in several respects. The court levied a fine of 5.8 million forints for each plaintiff.

“It is clear that the government is fighting against the migrant business of [US financier George] Soros’s organisations, and we have turned to the court in Strasbourg, too,” Völner said, adding that “it is also morally outrageous that they wanted to punish us because we upheld the Schengen rules.”

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Source: MTI

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