CYPRUS: AHMED H. MUST BE ALLOWED TO RETURN HOME

Ahmed H. has been separated from his Cypriot wife and two daughters for almost four years. In September 2015, he was imprisoned in Hungary and wrongfully convicted for “complicity in an act of terrorism” in a blatant misapplication of Hungary’s counter-terrorism laws. Ahmed H. was conditionally released on 19 January 2019 and is being held in immigration detention in Hungary. As he is a Syrian national he is at risk being forcibly returned to Syria, a country that is not safe. Cyprus must allow his return home to be reunited with his family.

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Sent back to Serbia

Two Afghan families were forced to leave Hungary and return to Serbia this week after their asylum claims were rejected. The chief of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has spoken out about the expulsion of the Afghans – among them a pregnant woman – calling it „a serious violation of international law.“
„[They] were taken to the border fence in the middle of the night and they were forced to leave for Serbia in the middle of nowhere,“ András Léderer from the Hungarian Helsinki Committee explains. Serbia declined to accept the families when the Hungarian authorities first refused these families asylum,“ Léderer explains. That prompted the Hungarians to try and deport them to Afghanistan, in conjunction with the European border agency, Frontex. They were then offered the ‚choice‘: fly back to Afghanistan, or return to Serbia.

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Hungary fails to deport families to Afghanistan

Hungary tried and failed to deport three Afghan families to Afghanistan on Tuesday, in a move that rights groups say is a breach of international law. It was intended to prove the right-wing Fidesz government’s resolve to fight what it calls „illegal migrants“. However, the European Court of Human Rights intervened in one family’s case.

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Orbán bricht mit Spitzenkandidat Weber kurz vor Europawahl

Orbán äußerte sich bei einer Pressekonferenz mit dem österreichischen Vizekanzler Heinz-Christian Strache von der rechtsnationalen FPÖ. Die EVP war ihrerseits im März auf Distanz zu Orbáns Fidesz-Partei gegangen und hatte die Mitgliedschaft der Partei in der Europäischen Volkspartei (EVP) auf unbefristete Zeit ausgesetzt. Hintergrund sind antieuropäische und antisemitische Äußerungen aus der Partei.

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