UNICEF Statement on adoption of Hungarian legislation impacting refugee and migrant children

Attributable to UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, and Special Coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant Response in Europe, Ms. Afshan Khan

20 June 2018

GENEVA, 20 June, 2018 – “UNICEF is deeply concerned by the Parliament of Hungary’s adoption of legislation today that would make it illegal for organizations and individuals to provide basic support and protection to refugee and migrant children and their families.

 “Civil society plays a vital role in protecting the rights of all children including the most vulnerable. Restricting this role would cause further harm to children who have already been forced to leave their homes, often experiencing traumatic journeys, and will perpetuate dangerous misconceptions rooted in racism and discrimination.

“Last year, 1,580 children claimed asylum in Hungary, representing less than 1 percent of registered child asylum seekers in Europe.

“UNICEF urges the Government of Hungary to remain steadfast in its commitment to protecting the rights of all children as a party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and in its adherence to EU and international laws. UNICEF stands ready to support the Government of Hungary in its efforts to protect and promote the rights of every child.”

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