Back in the 13th century, Hungary was at the front lines of the Golden Horde's invasion into Europe. It is widely believed that their transformative defensive tactics of building walled cities helped fend off the Mongolians -- saving the rest of Europe from an eventual Mongolian occupation. Fast forward to today, there is a similar invasion taking place, this time from the middle east. To defend the people of Hungary, the country has set up transit zones in order to properly vet migrants -- before releasing them. Hungary's PM, Viktor Orban, is on record saying he didn't want more muslim refugees in Hungary -- explaining how the muslim invasion represented a tangible threat to Christian dominated Europe. In a speech given a little more than a year ago, Orban laid out his grievances -- calling the EU the 'enemies of freedom.' In a referendum vote in late 2016, 98% of Hungarians voted against EU migrant quotas. PM Orban said “Hungary voted to keep its freedom, its right to decide who we want to live together with, and we decided that we won’t give this right to Brussels. We can be proud that Hungarian people were the first to be given the right to express their opinion on Brussels politics." Establishing the fact that Orban and the EU were at an impasse, we're now led to the European Court of Human Rights at Strasbourg, France -- who just ruled that Hungary violated the human rights of two migrants who filed suit. Moreover, they ordered Hungary to pay them, mind you, 10,000 euros a piece PLUS another 8,705 euros to cover their fucking expenses. What did the court say Hungary did? The 'unlawfully' kept the two men in the transit zone -- a place designated by Hungary to properly process and vet migrants entering their nation. In other words, the EU court found Hungary guilty of unlawfully defending their border from invaders.
Source: Reuters Two Bangladeshi citizens, Ilias Ilias and Ali Ahmed, filed a suit against Hungary in September 2015, shortly after the government put up a fence on its southern borders and created two transit zones for asylum seekers in a bid to curb the number of migrants arriving via the Balkans. The two men sought to be released from the transit zone and asked for their expulsion to Serbia be halted. The court ruled that their detention in the transit zone was unlawful under the European Convention of Human Rights, but there was "no violation of the convention in respect of the conditions of detention at the transit zone." The Strasbourg court ruling is subject to appeal. The government was not immediately available for comment.
Going forward, some hope this decision will force Hungary into abandoning the idea of minding a border -- freely permitting migrants to come to and fro Europe whenever they like.
"This judgment is particularly relevant now in Hungary because the Strasbourg court has found that detaining asylum seekers in the transit zone without any formal procedure and access to judicial remedy is unlawful," Marta Pardavi, co-chair of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, which represented the migrants' case in the court. "This already ongoing practice of unlawful detention in the transit zone is exactly what the Hungarian newly adopted law foresees for every asylum seeker, so it's clear: the new law is against the European Convention on Human Rights."
Earlier this month, the Hungarian parliament approved the automatic detainment of all migrants into the transit zone. "Those readying for the journey do not want to live according to our ways and culture, but according to their own - only with a European quality of life," said PM Orban.
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