Hungarian border electrifies criticism

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Karoly Kontrat (C), State Secretary of the Hungarian Interior Ministry, is shown the new temporary border fence along the Hungarian-Serbian border by Deputy Commander of the Hungarian Prison Service Major General Jozsef Lajtar (L) near Roszke, 180 kilometers southeast of Budapest, Hungary, 28 April 2017.

Hungarian border electrifies criticism


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A Serbian NGO has slammed the Hungarian government’s reported plans for an electrified border fence to deter migrants. It said the move was a violation of European human rights agreements.

After Belgrade newspaper Politika reported on July 4 that the Hungarian government is testing an electrified “smart fence” on the border with Serbia,

The Belgrade Centre for Protection and Help for Asylum-Seekers was responding to a report published by the Belgrade newspaper Politika on July 4. It said the Hungarian government is testing an electrified “smart fence” on the border with Serbia,

“Hungarian [border police] are beating migrants, attacking them with dogs, they are even beating children, and according to statements of migrants, they are periodically turning on the electricity in some parts of the [border] fence,” Rados Djurovic from the Centre told BIRN.

According to Politika, Hungarian officials insisted however that the voltage of the electricity is low, at 900 volts, so “it can’t seriously hurt people”.

As reported by Balkan Insight, officials said its aim is to alert the police every time someone makes contact with the fence and attempts to breach the border.

According to the Hungarian government’s official website, police apprehended 61 illegal border-crossers within the territory of Hungary June 3-5, while 166 of them were apprehended over the past week and accompanied back to the border by police.

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