The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Hungarian authorities unlawfully detained an Iraqi asylum seeker for three months in 2015, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee reported on Tuesday.
As reported, the 23-year-old dentist was forced to cross the Ukrainian-Hungarian border irregularly, Index reports. He then immediately reported that he would apply for asylum in Hungary. The procedure was started and at the same time the man was placed in asylum detention in Nyírbátor.
According to the reasoning of the domestic court, the identity of the border crosser could not be established due to the lack of valid papers. Furthermore, they said that he had no contacts in Hungary. The court initially ordered his detention for two months. It was then extended by one more month.
The Iraqi man, fed up with his situation, turned to the European Court of Human Rights with the help of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee. He claimed that his detention was unnecessary and therefore a violation of his fundamental rights.
The Strasbourg court has now ruled that the Hungarian authorities arbitrarily violated the man’s personal freedom by detaining him for three months as a refugee. The Iraqi man was awarded just satisfaction of EUR 6,500 (roughly HUF 2.5 million at current exchange rates) for the damage he suffered.
This is a farce. The guy came to Hungary from a perfectly safe country (Ukraine in 2015), which immediately disqualifies him from being deemed a bona fide refugee. He had no I.D. documents; destroying their passports is a well-known tactic used by illegal economic migrants to hide their identity. Why they would do that? Many possibilities but none of them innocent. How do we even know he’s Iraqi?!? Anyway, what we have here yet again is an unaccountable organization, with zero democratic mandate, richly funded by shady and shadowy sources, frustrating a legitimate policy by a democratically-elected government through an equally unaccountable institutional element of an anachronistic international system that has outlived its usefulness while morphing into something its original designers never intended. It’s high time the E.C.H.R. regime be dismantled or, at least, the Convention rewritten to better reflect the current times.
Hungary has to ignore all judgement issued by that agency. hey reek of bias. People from safe countries should not be applying for refugee status, they should just be returned. No agency should spend time on coping with illegals.