Council Of Europe Commissioner Condemns Human Rights Abuses In Hungary

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The Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner, Dunja Mijatović, has called on Hungarian authorities to take action against widespread human rights abuses. Following a four day visit to Hungary in February, Mijatović released a report on 21 May discussing a wide range of issues – from immigration to gender equality. Her condemnation of the Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, and his ruling Fidesz party, follows a growing concern over the authoritarianism of the right-wing government.

In particular, Mijatović writes that, “Human rights violations in Hungary have a negative effect on the whole protection system and the rule of law. They must be addressed as a matter of urgency”. This includes the arbitrary detention of asylum seekers in transit zones along the Hungarian-Serbian border and “repeated reports of excessive violence by the police during the forcible removals of foreign nationals”. She…

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