Government: Strasbourg ruling on Hungary’s expelling Bangladeshi migrants ‘unacceptable’
Budapest, March 23 (MTI) – The ruling against Hungary by the European Court of Human Rights because the country expelled two Bangladeshi migrants is “unacceptable”, János Lázár, the government office chief, told a weekly press briefing on Thursday.
The government will appeal it, Lázár said, adding that the ruling could not be implemented in any case.
“Taking the principle that Hungary is strengthening its sovereignty, it insists on making its own decisions on whether or not to accept or reject migrants,” Lázár said. The Strasbourg ruling was tantamount to saying: “It should not be up to Hungarians to decide who lives in the country but up to the [human rights organisation] Hungarian Helsinki Committee”.
Lázár said that the secondary fence along Hungary’s southern border to be completed in May, and the “legal seal” which will take effect next week, will amount to a “complete seal” of the border. He added that the government was prepared for legal disputes over the matter.
It is important that Hungary should maintain good relations with Turkey, and the EU should keep its agreement with Turkey, Lazar said.