Hungary ‘militarized borders’ to deter refugees, says Amnesty ahead of crucial vote on quotas

Amnesty International has released a report denouncing the way Hungary is treating asylum-seekers ahead of a vote in the country on Sunday to decide whether to accept an EU quota system for resettling refugees.
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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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Published on Sep 27, 2016

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Cindy Boberskyj

Head bobbing episodes, fainting outside of the Scooby van, doctors by her side. All this attention is going to cost us, the middle class taxpayers more money than ever! She is high maintenance! ALSO: The Clintons are UNTRUSTWORTHY!
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She’s Loopie!

Testy White House Exchange over Obama and Hillary’s Differences over TPP

Mike G

Its sickening that Josh Earnest gets paid with our tax dollars
2011leoc

Fuck other countries. Let’s take care of ours.
Dawn2334

You mean “REGULATE and TAX” US to death
askarainbow

LOng and short of this is that HIllary will be ” (s)elected” by hook or crook (mostly crook) and that she as usual is lying and will pass the TTP within weeks (if not days) of the selection !!!
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Josh “sniveling weasel” Earnest.

If You Wipe Your Butt With Your Bare Hands But Consider Bacon To Be Unclean, You may be a Muslim. By: Jeff Foxworthy

The ” M ” (MUSLIM) word… by Jeff Foxworthy
Have you ever wondered why it’s OK to make jokes about Catholics, the Pope, Jews, Christians, the Irish, the Italians, the Polish, the Chinese, the French (including French Canadians), the elderly, bad golfers, men/women , blacks/whites, etc, but its insensitive to make jokes about Muslims? Time to level the playing field and be politically correct by including the Muslims!
Jeff Foxworthy on Muslims:
1. If you grow and refine heroin for a living, but you have a moral objection to liquor,
You may be a Muslim.
2. If you own a $3,000 machine gun and a $5,000 rocket launcher, but you can’t afford shoes,
You may be a Muslim.
3. If you have more wives than teeth, You may be a Muslim.

4.If you wipe your butt with your bare hand but consider bacon to be unclean,
You may be a Muslim.
5. If you think vests come in two styles: Bullet-proof and suicide.
You may be a Muslim
6. If you can’t think of anyone you haven’t declared jihad against,
You may be a Muslim.
7. If you consider television dangerous but routinely carry explosives in your clothing,
You may be a Muslim.
8. If you were amazed to discover that cell phones have uses other than setting off roadside bombs,
You may be a Muslim.
9. If you have nothing against women and think every man should own at least four,
You may be a Muslim

INFOWARS PREDICTED LESTER HOLT WOULD HELP HILLARY BEFORE THE DEBATE BEGAN

Incredible bias as moderator interrupts Trump 41 times compared to just 7 for Clinton

SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

Media critic Howard Kurtz said that Hillary Clinton was ‘helped’ by moderator Lester Holt during the debate last night, asserting that the NBC reporter was more aggressive with Trump and failed to ask Hillary any tough questions. The statistics back up this conclusion, and we predicted it all before the debate began.

“She also had some help I think from Lester Holt,” Kurtz told Fox News’ Meghan Kelly.

“For all the debate about Lester Holt and would he fact check and so forth – the most aggressive questions from the NBC moderator, the most attempts at fact checking, the most interruptions were all aimed at Trump….I don’t think there’s any question about it,” he added.

Kurtz went on to highlight the fact that Holt only mentioned Hillary’s email scandal when he asked Clinton to respond to Donald Trump “as opposed to crafting a tough question” himself.

Rudy Giuliani echoed Kurtz’ sentiments, asserting that Holt had acted “extremely unfairly” and that his ‘fact checking’ on the stop and frisk issue was completely inaccurate.

As the Washington Times reports, Trump was forced, “to debate the highly anticipated event’s moderator as well as his Democratic opponent.”

Trump was challenged six times on his answers by Holt, while Hillary was asked no follow up questions whatsoever.

According to a Daily Caller analysis, Trump was interrupted 41 times by Holt, compared to just 7 interruptions for Hillary.

“Holt was much harsher on Republican nominee Donald Trump than he was on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton during the debate Monday evening,” writes Phillip Stucky.

During yesterday’s Alex Jones Show, I predicted that Holt was being pressured to be an activist moderator after his colleague Matt Lauer was criticized for asking Hillary a couple of tough questions during the previous presidential forum.

Infowars Predicted Lester Holt Would Help Hillary Before the Debate Began

The left was bullying Holt to be “an activist moderator, to constantly interrupt and challenge Trump while being soft on Hillary,” I stated around six hours before the debate began. This is precisely what unfolded.

Before the debate, Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager, heaped pressure on Holt to constantly interrupt Trump, arguing that the debate was a “special circumstance,” that allowed him to “fact check” Trump on a whim, despite the fact that only candidates are allowed to challenge each other according to the Commission on Presidential Debates.

NBC insiders also let slip that Holt was “not going to be a potted plant” – in other words – he was going to insert his own bias into the debate rather than just moderating it fairly.

“I don’t think it’s a good idea to get the moderator into essentially serving as the Encyclopedia Britannica,” the executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates, Janet Brown, told CNN on Sunday.

Yet that’s exactly what Holt did.

He also allowed the audience to laugh at four separate jokes made by Hillary while urging them to be silent after one Trump joke.

While it would be easy for Hillary supporters to dismiss all this as whining, the list of issues that Holt managed to avoid when he had an opportunity to question Clinton is longer than a grocery list.

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Instead, the moderator spent an inordinate amount of time discussing Trump’s tax returns and the “birther conspiracy,” hardly key issues when it comes to the future of the country.

“Holt went for the birther issue with Trump, which isn’t off the table but has very little relevance to what faces our next president,” wrote Stephen Kruiser. “Had Hillary brought it up it would have been fine. For Holt to interject it during what was supposed to be a substantive discussion on race relations made it seem as if he were being fed questions directly from Clinton HQ.”

Holt also failed to “fact check” Hillary on her biggest lie of the night, her claim that she was against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Even with the incredible amount of bias shown by Holt in Hillary’s favor, CNN still had to rig its own poll in order to announce that Hillary had won the debate.