Stop Forcing Asylum Seekers Into Detention Camps

Target: Viktor Orban, Hungary’s Prime Minister

Goal: Dismantle detention camps that might keep refugees held for months in Hungary’s southern border.

Refugees seeking asylum in Europe are now placed in detention camps when they get to Hungary’s southern border. This draconian asylum procedure has been recently enacted by Hungary’s conservative government, which claims that allowing migrants to come in is bringing terrorism to the European Union. Refugees already face hostile and inhospitable conditions in Hungary’s borders and cities since the country has pushed a backlash against them. Relocation of vulnerable people to detention camps is, nonetheless, beyond any acceptable standards, in clear violation of international human rights laws.

For nearly two years, Hungary has been fortifying its borders, especially the one it shares with Serbia and Croatia. Double rows of razor-wire fences are secured with high-tech watchtowers equipped with search lights, motion sensors, cameras, and loudspeakers, an effort that has helped choke off the flow of migrants through the Balkan route. Hungary has treated those merely looking for safer conditions as war threats, and to those border protections, it has now added the detention of asylum seekers, including children, for potentially extended periods of time. Refugees are housed in mobile units that look like shipping containers, in camps also surrounded by a razor-wire fence and with a small, heartbreaking playground for the kids. They cannot leave the area under any circumstance and only 10 people are allowed to enter the country per day. Therefore, asylum seekers might stay in those camps for months while their applications are processed and their cases are decided. Even after that, more than 90 percent are likely to be rejected, and their endeavor will be in vain.

These hazardous conditions echo the times of World War II, when Hungary played a shameful role. Submitting vulnerable individuals, children in particular, to physical and emotional distress is against numerous human rights agreements. Refugees deserve safe accommodation and fair, unbiased screening procedures. Hungary has initiated the tough approach to migration that has now spread across Europe. We must block the conservative wave of nationalist governments and candidates and should not allow this extreme decision of allowing the detention of refugees to consolidate. Sign the petition to demand the immediate closure of those inhumane camps and to guarantee that human rights are respected.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Orban,

The decision of building detention camps for asylum seekers in Hungary’s southern border is shameful. Submitting vulnerable individuals, especially children, to physical and emotional distress is simply inhumane. It echoes the dark years of World War II, and it is against human rights international legislation signed by your country.

I urge you to dismantle these recently built detention camps and enact fair, unbiased screening procedures for those who reach your country’s borders, along with safe temporary accommodation. Your hostile approach to migration has done nothing but create a culture of distrust among different traditions and religions and a culture of hate.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Délmagyarország/Schmidt Andrea

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3 Comments

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    no detention camps!

  2. NO DETENTION CAMPS HERE OR ANYWHERE!

  3. This shameful way of treating asylum-seekers must be ended. Here in Canada things are no better, as many asylum-seekers are sent straight to prison, to languish there indefinitely. It’s shocking and unacceptable in any country.

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