Before the elections, we wanted to ask politicians to talk about the real issues about migration. One of the real problems, unfortunately, is physical violence towards people at the Hungarian borders.
According to the to the Chief Prosecutor's Office’s data: between 16 September 2015 and 1 January 2018 the Prosecutor's Office received 75 reports regarding violence committed by the authorities towards migrants. In these 75 cases, the competent prosecutor authorities decided to refuse the complaints in 15 cases, to stop the investigations in 51 cases and to suspend the investigations 1 case. 3 penal procedures are still ongoing, and in 3 cases a case transmission decision was made. In two penal cases the Szeged Regional Department of the Central Investigations Prosecutor’s Office had accusations regarding violence against migrants, in both cases a final damning court decision was made.
We think this should be a clear barrier for everyone. Even if a party rejects the quota system, or approves of the border fence, violence on our borders is something that is not acceptable. Therefore, we decided to gather the different stances of political parties on it.
In early March, we asked the following question from several political parties:
What is your stance on the violence towards migrants at the Southern border of Hungary? In the Hungarian parliament, what actions would you take with regards to the violence?
Despite our efforts, we only received a four answers. Many thanks to Együtt, Lehet Más a Politika-LMP, Magyar Liberális Párt and Modern Magyarország Mozgalom-MoMa for taking this seriously, and answering. We are very sad that the rest of the parties stayed silent.
(The answers are available in Hungarian on our blog section.)