Human Rights Watch announced on August 22 that the Hungarian authorities have stopped the distribution of food to rejected asylum seekers held in transit zones on the country’s border with Serbia. Human Rights Watch claims that the policy was introduced at the beginning of the month.
“The government has stooped to a new inhumane low by refusing food to people in their custody, apparently revelling in breaching human rights law, including its obligations as a European Union member,” said Lydia Gall, Eastern EU and Balkans researcher at Human Rights Watch. “This disregard for people’s wellbeing smacks of a cynical move to force people to give up their asylum claims and leave Hungary”.
Two Afghan families and two Syrian brothers are among those denied food after their asylum applications were rejected under a new admissibility procedure. While a breastfeeding woman and children in the Afghan families were provided with food, they were prohibited from sharing it with other family members, the families’ legal representatives told Human Rights Watch.