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United Nations experts suspend Hungary visit

United Nations experts suspend Hungary visit

UN human rights experts suspended an official visit to Hungary after they had been denied access to the Röszke and Tompa transit zones on the Hungary-Serbia border, the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) said on its website on Thursday.

According to the statement, the organisation has credible reports concerning the lack of safeguards against arbitrary detention in these facilities.

“There can be no doubt that holding migrants in these ‘transit zones’ constitutes deprivation of liberty in accordance with international law,” said Elina Steinerte and Setondji Roland Adjovi, members of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

The delegation had been invited by Hungary to conduct a visit from 12 to 16 November 2018 in order to follow up on its 2013 recommendations.

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Under the terms of reference for visits by independent experts appointed by the UN’s Human Rights Council, governments are required to guarantee freedom of inquiry particularly as regards to “confidential and unsupervised contacts with persons deprived of their liberty”, the statement said.

The experts said they regretted that the Hungarian authorities have not respected those undertakings and as a result the Working Group was prevented from fulfilling its mandate, it added.

“Unimpeded access to all places of deprivation of liberty including these transit zones must be guaranteed to independent international, regional and national organisations,” the experts said. “This is vital for the protection of the human rights in a country governed by rule of law.”

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At the same time, the Working Group said it hoped that the government of Hungary would enter into a constructive dialogue to enable the delegates resume their visit in the near future and to work together to establish effective safeguards against the risk of arbitrary deprivation of liberty in Hungary.

German news agency dpa said that under Hungary’s new asylum law, Serbia is labelled as a safe country and any asylum seeker who transits through Serbia is therefore rejected by Hungarian authorities.

As we wrote on 3rd of November, the Hungarian government rejects the United Nations’ comprehensive pact on migration; it has left the negotiating table and will not consider its implementation binding, should it be accepted at the December meeting of UN heads of states and governments in Morocco.

Photo: Gergely Botár/kormany.hu

2 Comments

  1. David Yuhas

    Also…Hungary is 1000 Years old…& it’s hard to believe that Any of the Migrants are anywhere near that Age.

  2. Sean Holtz

    The last thing Hungary needs is being told what to do by the globalist UN. If the UN would be allowed to have their way soon Hungary would be over run by middle easterners and africans whom are seeking a free ride. If The UN wants to help those people, they should tell the US and her allies to stop destroying the countries these people claim to be from with constant wars to steal resources. HELP THEM IN THEIR OWN LANDS. Any nation that cannot control its borders soon ceases to be a nation.

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