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Council of Europe Official Attacks Hungarian Border Measures

Hungarian authorities must refrain from arbitrary returns of asylum seekers and migrants to Serbia and ensure access to fair and efficient asylum procedures, said Danja Mijatovic, a member of the Council of Europe’s Human Rights Committee. emphasized in a press release on Wednesday.

Mijatovic has filed a petition with the Strasbourg Council of Ministers for enforcement of the 2019 European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruling on Hungary. Since 2015, measures taken by the government have made protection in Hungary virtually impossible. She added that allegations of deportation-related abuse and disproportionate use of force remain systemic.

Meanwhile, immigration pressure to the south of the Hungarian border has increased recently, with illegal immigrants arriving in large numbers to continue their journey across the border into Western Europe.

Migrants have become increasingly violent with police and often carry weapons.

Over the weekend of August 20, more than 1,000 border violators were arrested by police and more than 300 were blocked from entering Hungary illegally. The number of illegal immigrants at the border is increasing rapidly, with record numbers arriving almost every week.

According to the public news channel M1,

Hungarian authorities had taken action against some 150,000 illegal immigrants by mid-August, far more than last year as a whole.

The most serious problems are in the Western Balkans, where the number of illegal border crossings has tripled compared to the same period last year,” they wrote.

of situation In Vojvodina, Serbia, located on the Serbian side of the southern border, it is very bad. A local woman said migrants were lying on their doorsteps, throwing garbage and stealing crops. Locals are afraid of foreigners and find the situation intolerable.

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During the summer, there were also armed clashes between migrants on the Serbian side of the border, one of which killed one person. In early July, a forest area north of Szabadka reported an incident involving a group of Afghan and Pakistani migrants allegedly carrying firearms. The town’s mayor later confirmed that despite the efforts of doctors, one person could not be resuscitated and a 16-year-old woman was in critical condition.

Additionally, there are more and more car accidents involving immigrants and traffickers.

At the beginning of August, 20 immigrants injured When the smuggler who was driving the truck carrying them drove into a ditch near Budapest.

In another incident in August, three people were killed Eleven people were injured near Boksa, 120 kilometers from the Hungarian capital. According to local police, a Georgian national was trying to smuggle 15 of his people across the country by car to Western Europe. The man who was driving the car did not give way and collided with another car, and both cars burst into flames. Two of his border crossers died at the scene, trapped inside a burning car. Twelve of the injured occupants of the two cars were taken to hospital, one of whom later died.

Featured photo: MTI/Rosta Tibor



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