Even if it is only a small gesture, now there is something we can personally do: email the police and demand them to take those uncountable cases seriously and start investigate about the violent actions at the borders.
More information about the complaint of public interest: http://www.police.hu/ugyintezes/beadvanytetel
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I am writing to you, because I am seriously worried. In the past few weeks several trustworthy organization, such as UNHCR and Human Rights Watch, have published reports about violent actions against asylum-seekers at the Southern borders of Hungary. Other groups working in the field also collected testimonies from victims, for example the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and the Jesuit Refugee Service.
According to these reports and testimonies these violent happenings are committed by some people wearing uniforms which can mean police officers, soldiers, field guards, vigilantes or self-organized paramilitary groups. The victims reported that they were brutally beaten and abused and then pushed back to Serbia. They said that perpetrators often used gas-spray or pepper-spray, set dogs on them, kicked and beat them, put plastic handcuffs on them and forced them through small openings in the razor wire fence, causing further injuries.
I saw the statements and answers from the Ministry of Interiors and the police declaring that the authorities did not take part in any violent actions. These responses show that you understand the seriousness of this problem. At the same time it would be very important to see further reactions and actions from the authorities, since physical violence against any human being is absolutely not acceptable. I do hope that the Hungarian police as a democratically functioning law enforcement authority can act with responsibility to protect human integrity.
With this in mind I ask you to do all in your power to investigate the violence against asylum-seekers. I ask you to stop the violence and to ensure that the integrity and rights of those seeking protection in Hungary, in Europe are respected.