Human rights court accepts Hungary’s appeal in asylum seeker case


The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has referred to its Grand Chamber the Hungarian government’s appeal against an earlier ruling in the case of two Bangladeshi migrants, who had been denied asylum in Hungary.

The Strasbourg court ruled against Hungary in a primary procedure in March this year, saying that the Hungarian authorities had illegally detained the two asylum-seekers and forced them to return to Serbia in October 2015.

In its ruling, the ECtHR said that Hungary had violated the European Convention on Human Rights, and stipulated that Hungary should pay over 18,000 euros compensation plus legal fees to each complainant.

Hungary’s appeal was accepted by a five-strong jury, and will be heard by the Grand Chamber acting as a secondary court.

Hungary welcomes the decision by the European Court of Human Rights, Pal Volner, state secretary at the justice ministry told MTI. He said Hungary from the very beginning had rejected the Strasbourg-based court’s first ruling that the country had violated the European Convention on Human Rights in several respects.

“It is clear that the government is fighting against the migrant business of George Soros’s organisations, and we have turned to the court in Strasbourg, too,” Volner said, adding that “it is also morally outrageous that they wanted to punish us because we upheld the Schengen rules.”

The government, he said, trusted the court “will realise that the ruling was brought about under the influence of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee [the Hungarian NGO filing the case], drawing partly on information and expert opinions from that organisation and maybe based on less than accurate facts”.

Inconsistency on such issues could cost Hungary billions of forints, Volner said. He said he knew of no further procedures in Hungarian courts, “although the Helsinki Committee may have filed some”.

Source and photo: MTI

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