United Nations human rights experts canceled a visit to Hungary on Thursday because they reported that the authorities did not allow entry into the transit zones of Russia and Tompa on the Hungarian-Serbian border, MTI told the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on its website.
The statement states that the world organization has credible reports that in one of the transit zones the protection against arbitrary deprivation of liberty is not satisfactorily guaranteed.
There is no doubt that the detention of migrants in these transit zones embodies the deprivation of liberty under international law
– said Elina Steinerte and Setondi Roland Adjovi, two members of the UN Working Group on Arbitration Detention.
The UN delegation was invited by the Hungarian government for a visit on November 12, 2018, based on human rights recommendations from 2013.
In order for the UNHRC to perform an independent peer review, governments must ensure that they are affordable, and in particular "free and confidential contact with people deprived of their liberty.
In the rule of law, this is essential for the protection of human rights
– is in the statement.
According to a statement posted on the website of the United Nations Human Rights Council, experts expressed regret that the Hungarian authorities failed to ensure that this was achieved and prevented the working group from fulfilling its mandate.
However, they added that the Hungarian government will allow the delegation to continue its visit in the near future and to work on developing effective protective measures against the risk of arbitrary deprivation of liberty.