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UN slams Afghan families’ deportation from Hungary

UN slams Afghan families’ deportation from Hungary

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May 09, 2019 - 08:25

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The UN has voiced its deep concern at the forced deportation of two asylum-seeking Afghan families by Hungary to Serbia.

A day after the deportation, the UNHCR on Wednesday slammed Budapest’s action as deeply shocking and a flagrant violation of international and EU law.

Four adults and seven children, who had been held since January in a transit zone, were taken to a border gate with Serbia in the still of the night on May 7.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi resented the treatment of the families, including their removal from Hungarian territory with no serious effort to look at their claims to refugee status.

“Their case highlights our deep concerns about what is happening in Hungary, where asylum-seekers are rejected not on the merits of their claim, but because under Hungary’s legislation, their claims are automatically considered inadmissible.”

Under this law, Hungary rejects without the safeguards required under EU law any asylum seeker who has previously been in a country that Hungary deems safe - in the case of these families, Serbia.

The UN Refugee Agency, which initially learned that the families faced removal to Afghanistaninfo-icon, on 6 May appealed to the Hungarian authorities to prevent the return. UNHCR now reiterates its appeal to Hungary to refrain from any attempts to send people back to their country of origin or otherwise remove them from Hungarian territory without proper assessment of their claim to asylum.

UNHCR staff in Hungary saw the families crossing the border and alerted colleagues in Serbia, who informed the Serbian authorities of the Afghans’ arrival.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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