STRASBOURG – Due to changes introduced in Hungary in the asylum law and practice in recent months, “asylum seekers returned there run a considerable risk of being subject to human rights violations” and deportation to Serbia, Council of Europe (CoE) Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks said Wednesday.
The Commissioner stressed that “in recent months a considerable proportion of those returned to Hungary under the Dublin III Regulation were detained in asylum detention centres – where a restrictive detention regime applies – without real access to effective remedies against such detention,” the CoE said in a statement.
He also noted that “persons currently returned to Hungary under the Dublin III Regulation do not, as a rule, have their asylum applications examined on the merits.”
“This is due to Hungarian legislation that considers Serbia – the country through which the vast majority of asylum seekers initially arrived to Hungary – as a safe third country,” the statement said.
This situation “also exposes them to a very high risk of being subjected to deportation to Serbia and to further refoulement to other countries,” Muiznieks warned.