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UN human rights chief calls Hungary's refugee response "xenophobic and anti-Muslim"
Hungary has come under fire this week for its treatment of refugees as they make their way westward into Europe. The Eastern European country has become a major thoroughfare for people seeking asylum, but Hungary's political and economic climate have been far from welcoming.
Earlier this week, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the UN high commissioner on human rights, released a statement deploring the treatment of migrants by Hungarian authorities. Photos have surfaced of women and children being pummeled by tear gas and water cannons from border patrols. There are also reports of journalists being assaulted and having their equipment seized by local authorities.
It's a reflection of the broader Hungarian attitude to migrants fleeing from Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere. Hungary recently completed the construction of a fence along its border with Serbia to stem the influx of refugees. Damaging the fence or attempting to cross into Hungary by any illegal means is considered a crime, with a prison sentence up to three years. The Hungarian courts are sending additional judges to the border region in anticipation of these cases. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told Hungarian TV2 that all migrants wishing to enter the country should come through the designated border crossings and seek asylum status that way.
Orban also underscored that Hungary has spent nearly 200 million euros on the crisis and has received only 4 million euros from the EU. That said, BBC News spoke with Hungarian officials who said that, at most, Hungary will accept a few hundred applications year to year.
Migrant crisis: Hungary's closed border leaves many stranded (bbc.com)
"Hundreds of migrants are stranded at the Serbia-Hungary border after the Hungarian government closed the frontier with a new razor-wire fence."
Regime Change In Hungary, 1990-1994: The Economic Policies Of The Antall Government (hungarianreview.com)
"The collapse of the communist regime was one of the most important positive developments of the twentieth century, a century full of crises and tragedies."
Hungary receives rescue package, with strings attached (theguardian.com)
"The International Monetary Fund, the European Union and the World Bank announced a massive rescue package for Hungary today, in an attempt to save central Europe's former economic powerhouse from bankruptcy."
"Rule of law and human rights continue to be undermined in Hungary, with increasing pressures on the media and civil society, and ongoing discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities. "