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Torture by Police, Forced Disappearance

& Other Ill Treatment

In the early years of the 21st Century

Republic of Hungary

Hungary has made the transition from a centrally planned to a market economy, with a per capita income nearly two-thirds that of the EU-25 average. The private sector accounts for more than 80% of GDP.

The global financial crisis, declining exports, and low domestic consumption and fixed asset accumulation, dampened by government austerity measures, will result in a negative growth rate of about -1.5% to -2.5% in 2009. [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

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Conclusions and recommendations of the Committee against Torture

U.N. Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment -- Doc. CAT/C/HUN/CO/4 (2007)

[accessed 1 March 2013]

Prompt and impartial investigations

16. The Committee is concerned at the number of reports of ill-treatment by law enforcement agencies, the limited number of investigations carried out by the State party in such cases, and the very limited number of convictions in those cases which are investigated (arts. 12 and 16)

The State party should:

(a) Strengthen its measures to ensure prompt, impartial and effective investigations into all allegations of torture and ill‑treatment committed by law enforcement officials. In particular, such investigations should not be undertaken by or under the authority of the police, but by an independent body. In connection with prima facie cases of torture and ill-treatment, the suspect should be subject to suspension or reassignment during the process of investigation, especially if there is a risk that he or she might impede the investigation;

(b) Try the perpetrators and impose appropriate sentences on those convicted in order to eliminate the de facto impunity for law enforcement personnel who are responsible for violations prohibited by the Convention.

Human Rights Reports 2005 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 8, 2006

[accessed 31 January 2013]

TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL, INHUMAN, OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT The law prohibits such practices; however, police used excessive force, beat, and harassed suspects, particularly Roma. The number of police abuse reports rose slightly, although observers attributed this increase to greater public willingness to report abuse. In the first half of the year 34 police officers were charged with assault and 6 others were charged with "forced interrogations." NGOs estimated that approximately half of the police abuse cases involved Romani victims.

For example, in June police officers in Tolna County severely beat a Romani man after taking him into custody for making threats. Two days later the police went to his brother's home, beat his brother, causing several broken ribs, and threatened his brother's family. The government initiated an investigation into the five police officers involved.

In August a Romani man and his two non-Romani friends reported that a local sheriff of Szany and two of the sheriff's relatives beat them after a complaint that the three youths were making excessive noise. Reportedly, the parents of the Romani boy also suffered physical abuse when they went to the sheriff to inquire about the incident. A hospital report concluded that the father, who suffers from brain cancer and epilepsy, had suffered oxygen deprivation and a rib contusion. Both the county prosecution investigations office and the national Roma self‑government were investigating the incident at year's end.

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