Brussels takes Hungary to EU top court ‘for criminalising activities that help asylum seekers

The European Commission disclosed on Thursday that it has decided to refer Hungary to the Court of Justice over “legislation that criminalises activities in support of asylum applications and further restrict the right to request asylum.”

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According to Euronews reports, the Commission stated  that it has also sent a letter of formal notice to Bupadest over the conditions in the country’s transit zones — facilities along the border with Serbia where asylum seekers must stay or have their application rejected — which it said qualify “as detention under the EU’s Return Directive”.

Brussels has referred Hungary to the Court of Justice over “legislation that criminalises activities in support of asylum applications and further restricts the right to request asylum”.

 

Acording to report, it continues to stand by the “Stop Soros legislative package and that it “is ready for the lawsuit.”

According to Euronews, The Hungarian people made it clear in a referendum as well as in national and European parliamentary elections that they reject immigration and want to protect European Christian culture.

The government firmly believes that the “Stop Soros” legislative package and the constitutional amendment reflect the will of the Hungarian people, and also comply with the provisions of the Geneva Conventions, the Schengen Agreement and the Dublin Convention,” it added.

Brussels also announced it has sent another letter of formal notice to Budapest over the situation in the transit zones which it said amount to detention. It has in the past called on the European Cout of Justice to take interim measures obliging Hungary to provide food to people detained in the transit zones.

“The Commission finds that the detention conditions in the Hungarian transit zones, in particular, the withholding of food, do not respect the material conditions set out in the Return Directive and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union,” it explained.

Hungary has one month to respond to the Commission’s concerns.

The European Court of Human Rights has in the past taken interim measures obliging Hungary to provide food to people detained in the transit zones following emergency appeals lodged by NGOs including the Hungarian Helsinki Committee.

Source: Euronews

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