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June 15th, 2015

Strasbourg Human Rights Court makes final decision on Hungary’s prison conditions

In the absence of an appeal by the Hungarian state, the Strasbourg European Court of Human Rights has issued a final judgement against Hungary in a case concerning poor conditions in Hungarian prisons, the daily Népszabadság said. The lawyer of several complainants, Gábor Magyar, told the paper that around two thousand complaints to the human rights court were being prepared, and he estimated that combined compensation could reach into the tens of billions of forints. The court’s ruling in connection with six plaintiffs was handed down in March. Judgements become final three months after they are issued unless an appeal is made.

Conditions of detainees are so bad they amount to inhuman or degrading treatment, the paper said, citing the Strasbourg court, which found systemic problems in the prison service. Besides legal costs, the state must pay between 3,400 and 26,000 euros in damages to each claimant. In addition, Hungary will have to ensure an appeals system is in place to provide adequate compensation to people who have, based on the European Convention on Human Rights, had their rights debased.

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  • MagyarViking

    combined compensation could reach into the tens of billions of forints

    Meaning it will affect the State Budget, so I assume we will have a very high-profile agitation from Fidesz on how ‘Brusels steal money from honest taxpayers and gives to convicetd criminals’ and this is really Gyurcsány’s fault…after the current agitation of ‘immigrants are criminals’ has played out its usefulness

  • “Human rights” business as usual. ECHR stands up for convicted criminals.
    The same ECHR ruled against the UK that prisoners must be allowed to vote.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-31356895

    • MagyarViking

      Of course, convicted criminals should of course be allowed to vote.
      Only Kremlin 5th colons should not only lose their right to vote, but also to exist…

      • “Of course, convicted criminals should of course be allowed to vote.”

        Yes, according to you libnazi slimeballs and the ECHR.
        On the other hand Cameron’s gov’t, and most Brits, thought convicted criminals shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

        “Six decades on, there’s a perceptible preference in British public
        attitudes for a return of sovereignty on questions of human rights, and a significant consensus that believes the ECHR does less to protect Britain’s interests and more to protect its criminals. In a YouGov survey of 2419 British adults last year, 63% of respondents said it’s wrong for the ECHR to make rulings on subjects that the British Parliament or courts have decided, versus 25% who said it was right and a vital protection against the British government abusing people’s rights.

        57% said that “Britain’s membership of the ECHR has been abused by lawyers making spurious cases on behalf of criminals and on balance it has been a bad thing”, versus 19% saying that “Britain’s membership of the ECHR has been a valuable protection against the government ignoring the human rights of British people, and on balance has been a good thing”. 55% said that Britain should not remain a member of the ECHR, and should have its own Bill of Rights instead, with the British Supreme Court as the final court of appeal, versus 24% saying that Britain should remain a member of the ECHR, with the European Court in Strasbourg as the final court of appeal.”

        https://yougov.co.uk/news/2012/11/25/public-says-no-prison-votes/

        • MagyarViking

          there’s a perceptible preference in British public
          attitudes for a return of sovereignty on questions of human rights


          Yes, and especially on restricting any rights for Hungarian immigrants in the UK…feeling the heat?

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