Hungarian parliament has officially reinstated the law for the automatic incarceration of asylum seekers.
The controversial law, which had been suspended in 2013 due to pressure from Human Rights Organisations and the European Union, calls for the imprisonment of both newly arrived refugees and existing asylum seekers into what have been labelled as ‘container camps’, as opposed to being allowed to move freely in the country while they wait for their asylum application to be processed.
The Hungarian Prime Minister, Victor Orban, declared that the country was "under siege". The hard right leader of the Fidesz party, spoke at a swearing-in ceremony for newly recruited ‘border hunters’ claiming that ‘refugees are a threat to Europe's Christian identity and culture’.
The bill amendment states that “in the future, illegal immigrants must wait for the verdict on their asylum case in designated transit zones at the border.”
Amnesty, Human Rights Watch other humanitarian organisation have already appealed to the EU commission. Benjamin Ward deputy director of the Europe and Central Asia division at Human Rights Watch, called for the European Commission to, “not stand by while Hungary makes a mockery of the right to seek asylum.”