Hungary appeals Strasbourg court’s ruling on Bangladeshi asylum seekers
Hungary has appealed a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ordering the state to compensate two Bangladeshi asylum seekers for wrongly detaining and deporting them in 2015, a justice ministry official said on Wednesday.
In a ruling issued in March, the ECtHR said that Hungary had violated the European Convention on Human Rights by detaining the two asylum seekers in the Röszke transit zone near Hungary’s southern border. The court also said that authorities later sent them back to Serbia, which the ECtHR said had put them under the risk of facing inhumane treatment in the Greek refugee reception centres.
The Hungarian government is of the view that this interpretation of the European Convention on Human Rights could trigger a form of “business migration” to Europe, justice ministry state secretary Pál Völner told a press conference. He said rulings like the one in question could also “tear down the Schengen system” and generate “business human rights protection”.
Völner noted that the court had ordered Hungary to pay the asylum seekers 10,000 euros each in compensation. In addition, the state was ordered to pay 3 million forints (EUR 9,800) in legal fees to the Helsinki Committee, which had taken on their legal representation, he said.
Völner said that the fact that one of the judges on the ECtHR is among the founders of Budapest’s Central European University and “has close ties to” the Hungarian Helsinki Committee raised the possibility of a conflict of interest in the case.
He said the court’s ruling could bring about a “migration vacuum” in Europe which would lead to “economic migrants from all over the world” making their way to the continent.
The Hungarian government has therefore asked the ECtHR to weigh the global impact of the case, as its ruling could result in tens of millions of migrants setting off for Europe, Völner said.