The European Court of Human Rights handed down a verdict today in the case of young asylum-seeking children and their parents, reports 24.hu.
The Strasbourg-based court found that the Hungarian state illegally detained an Afghan family of four for 211 days in the Röszke transit zone in inhumane conditions, denying them the possibility of effective legal remedy, and starving the father. The four asylum seekers were represented by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee.
After a long wait in Serbia, the Hungarian authorities allowed the family into the Röszke transit zone on April 23, 2018, so that they could submit their asylum application there.
The family was forced to flee Afghanistan when the father, who had worked as an interpreter for the U.S. Army, was threatened with death by the Taliban.
The court ruled that detaining the mother, who was struggling with a grave illness, the father, and their small children for seven months in the transit zone, and starving the father qualifies as inhumane and humiliating treatment, and was illegal. As compensation, the court awarded €15,000 (US $14,956) to the family. [Magyar Hang]