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Hungary Not Doing Enough to Prevent Minors’ Sexual Abuse in Transit Zones, Says Council of Europe

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.06.07.

The Council of Europe has censured Hungary for its failure to implement effective measures to prevent the sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of unaccompanied asylum applicant minors in transit zones at the Hungarian-Serbian border, in a report released on Thursday.

In its report, the CoE’s Lanzarote Committee, tasked with monitoring sexual abuse against children, established that the risk that asylum-seeking minors may fall prey to sexual abuse in the transit zones remained high, despite previous recommendations submitted to Hungary by the committee.

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The reason for the high risk is that, despite some positive developments, the Hungarian authorities have failed to implement appropriate measures to protect minors while hindering the work of civil organisations in these zones, the committee said.

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