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Human rights group Amnesty International accused Viktor Orban’s government of promoting xenophobia and mistreating refugees in a report titled “Stranded Hope” published on Tuesday.
“The Hungarian authorities sought deliberately, painstakingly and proudly to prevent refugees from reaching its soil,” the first paragraph of the 28-page report, which indicates a vast number of human rights violations, states.
The document also covers the stories of refugees stuck in a so-called “transit zone” who reported “beatings, kicking and chasing back with dogs and unlawful returns (or “push backs”) to Serbia”carried out by Hungarian law enforcement officials.
The report accuses Hungary of being reluctant to implement EU refugee policies. It describes measures introduced in July aimed at tackling the refugee crisis as a package “blatantly designed” to make the life of an asylum-seeker unbearable and thus forcing them to seek shelter in other countries.
“The toxic rhetoric of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, calling asylum-seekers ‘poison’, has trickled down to the level of local government and often permeates the context, in which police and local asylum centers operate,” Amnesty said.
The claims of police abuse described in the Amnesty report were described as “sheer lies” by presidential spokesman Zoltan Kovacs, who said an investigation has already found them to be false, DW reported.
He added that some integration assistance and reception centers were closed “because migrants very consciously misuse the existing system.”
Hungary currently considers only 15 asylum claims a day, strictly dismissing all single men, who, according to the report, usually end up being detained for nearly four weeks. The practices were condemned by Human Rights Watch back in July in a report that said Budapest had failed to comply with international standards regarding asylum seekers.
The Amnesty International report comes ahead of a referendum on migrant quotas this Sunday. Polls suggest that at least 70 percent of Hungarians are most likely to follow their president’s call and vote against the EU’s plan.
“We have to be very clear. We will never, never, ever accept the mandatory quota for migrants,” Hungary’s leader said on September 25.
The issue of the referendum on the EU proposal arose in Hungary after the country found itself among the hardest-hit EU member states with tens of thousands of asylum seekers arriving last year.
In autumn President Orban sealed off the southern border with a wire fence to stop the flow of asylum seekers. The measures were taken after authorities estimated that as many as 1,500 illegal migrants passed the Hungarian border every day, with most of them having taken the so-called Balkan route and moving further to Germany.
Germany is one of a minority of EU states that sticks to an open-door policy and welcomes refugees. Most of the eastern and central European countries, such as Czech Republic along with Slovakia, Romania and Poland objected to the EU quota system. In December 2015 Austria was also compelled to erect a fence.
In May the EU came up with a new version of a plan to deal with the unprecedented influx of refugees to Europe, requiring the bloc members to accept certain numbers under a quota system and imposing €250,000 ($280,000)-per-migrant fines if a country fails to stick to the plan.
The federal government may soon be underwater, with the Senate divided over, well, water. The lack of funding for Flint’s lead-contamination crisis kept a temporary spending bill from being passed, and now a government shutdown is mere days away.
On Friday at the stroke of midnight, the US government will be officially unfunded and move into shutdown mode, unless the Senate and House of Representatives can recover from what took place Tuesday.
In a 45-55 vote, a continuing resolution bill to fund the federal government through December 9 failed to gain a bare majority in the Senate. It falls far short of the 60 votes necessary to overcome a filibuster.
The bill also included over $1 billion for Zika virus research, including vaccine funding. While that came as a result of negotiations and attempts at compromise from both sides of the aisle, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) lost the support of many conservatives. Democrats predictably voted against the bill, long demanding aid for Flint, Michigan, where for two years residents have struggled with a lead-contaminated drinking water system.
The Senate approved $220 million for Flint earlier this month, but it was not included in the continuing resolution.
Republicans have promised to fund help for Flint in a water resources bill that would come in November after the general election, or even as far ahead as December. Currently, that bill does not include text concerning Flint though.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) isn’t having any of it, saying, “‘Trust me we will consider Flint later’ – that’s like nothing to me,”according to ABC News.
Democrats insist Flint funding belongs in the continuing resolution, pointing to the fact that Louisiana and other southern states affected by recent flooding have $500 million set aside for them. The response from Senator McConnell has been that he may take the natural disaster relief out of the continuing resolution and attach it to the water resources bill.
“It’s almost as if a few Democratic leaders decided long ago that bringing our country to the brink would make for good election-year politics,” Senator McConnell said on the Senate floor Tuesday.
A House version of the water sources bill is being debated Tuesday, but it will not include Flint funding until later, Republicans say. Monday night, Representative Dan Kildee (D-Michigan), whose district covers Flint, was blocked from putting his funding measure up for a vote.
The Obama administration supports Flint funding, but has not been specific about what legislation it should be included in.
“Congress should quickly pass targeted funding to support Flint, Michigan, whether in the Water Resources Development Act or another vehicle,” the White House said Monday, according to the Washington Post.
A previous point of contention in the continuing resolution was a spending cut of $400 million. That, ABC News reports, is “no longer controversial” since other language in the bill to exclude Planned Parenthood from Zika virus funding in Puerto Rico and deregulate the Clean Water Act’s pesticide rules were tossed out.
The continuing resolution would also increase the next year’s Department of Veterans Affairs budget by 4 percent.
Friday also marks the last day the full Congress will be in session until November 13.