Hungary’s parliament passed a bill on Tuesday (7 March) to detain all asylum seekers in converted shipping containers amid allegations that some were beaten by border guards.
The new law lets authorities detain everyone in the camps along so-called transit zones near the border with Serbia.
It expands on legislation from last July that allowed authorities to apprehend and return anyone to Serbia caught within 8km of the Hungarian border.
Tuesday’s decision meant that anyone, regardless of their asylum status, would be locked up no matter where they were found in Hungary.
EUobserver: Hungary to detain asylum seekers in shipping containers
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