Szijjártó: UNʼs high commissioner ‘insults’ Hungary

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Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó qualified Zeid Raʼad Al Hussein’s comments about Hungary’s treatment of refugees as an “insult to Hungary and the Hungarian people”, according to a press statement issued by his ministry yesterday.

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In a speech addressing the U.N. Human Rights Council, Zeid Raʼad Al Hussein, United Nations high commissioner for human rights, decried a “worrying rise” in detentions of migrants in Greece and Italy and said he was concerned by challenges to the independence of rule of law institutions in Hungary, Poland and Macedonia, Thomson Reuters Foundation News reported yesterday. The high commissioner added that there is “constant pressure” on guardians of human rights and representatives of civilian organizations and it has been said that “journalists have been harassed many times”, according to reports. 

“I take this as an insult for Hungary and the Hungarian people,” Szijjártó said at a press conference after the meeting of foreign ministers of the V4 and Benelux countries in Prague yesterday, according to the press release by the ministry.

He added that the “only reason why the high commissioner for human rights continues to insult Hungary and the Hungarian people is that we did not open our borders for the migrants”, the press statement said. 

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