Condemning Hungary to pay 15 thousand euros in financial damages
The European Court of Human Rights condemned Hungary to pay financial damages for imprisoning an Afghan immigrant family. According to the court, in 2018, Hungary detained this family of four in Rozki Transit Center and denied the father of the family access to food.
The Human Rights Administration of Hungary or the Helsinki Committee announced in a message on Twitter that on Wednesday, August 24, the European Court of Human Rights sentenced Hungary to pay 15,000 euros to an Afghan refugee family. The Hungarian authorities detained this family for 211 days in the Rozeki transit area and treated them inhumanely, according to the court.
After a long stay in Serbia, the mentioned family was allowed to enter Rozki region on April 23, 2018 and apply for asylum there.
The father of this family, who worked as a translator with American forces in Afghanistan, had left his country due to the threat of the Taliban. At that time, the mentioned wife, who was 30 years old, was facing physical and mental problems. During the family’s stay in a container, the hand of one of the family members was also broken.
After the family’s complaint to the Helsinki Committee, the European Court of Human Rights asked Hungary to solve the problem of sheltering the family and take care of the health of its members, but the authorities again refused to fulfill their responsibility.
A little later, the Hungarian authorities sent the family to a center for deportees. They denied the father of the family access to food for a week, and the court once again asked the authorities to give food to the father of the family.
Finally, on November 19, 2018, based on the court order, this family was released from the transit zone and currently lives in Germany.
Barbara Poharnuk, a defense attorney at the Helsinki Committee, while welcoming the court’s ruling, said that authorities and courts should pay attention to the basic rights of immigrants and prevent their illegal detention.
Repeated violation of the rights of asylum seekers
Unfortunately, thousands of cases of clear violation of human and basic rights of asylum seekers are carried out in the world every day. In the meantime, a handful of people who reach developed countries and have the possibility of support from international organizations can take action to assert their rights. This violation of human rights is much more especially in the countries that are the route of the refugees.