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1st August, 2019

Two people denied meals at transit zone

Hungarian authorities have denied meals to another two asylum seekers at the Röszke transit zone near the Serbian border, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee wrote on its Twitter page on Wednesday.

According to the NGO, this will be the 17th time they have turned to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg over the starvation of persons under deportation proceedings. Twenty-six detained persons have been denied meals for days by the Hungarian authorities so far, Népszava reports.

The Helsinki Committee drafted a bill which would prevent such treatment and sent it to MPs. Independent MP Bernadett Szél submitted the bill to Parliament.

PMO head Gergely Gulyás told a press briefing on Wednesday that “no starvation is taking place” in the transit zone and that no one is confined there since asylum seekers are permitted to leave into Serbia.

The European Commission has launched infringement proceedings against Hungary for its treatment of asylum seekers.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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