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Alhowais v Hungary – 59435/17

Country Hungary
Status FINAL
Court ECtHR
Relevant Law Article 35, 2, 3, 41
Year 2023
Found for Applicant

The case of F., a Syrian migrant who drowned at the Hungarian-Serbian border, exposes the challenges faced by migrants and the responsibilities of state authorities in ensuring their safety. On June 1, 2016, F. and other migrants, attempting to cross the Tisza River, were allegedly met with excessive force by Hungarian police, resulting in F.’s death. Discrepancies in testimonies and a lack of effective investigation raised concerns about the authorities’ response. While the government claimed no evidence of excessive force, the European Court of Human Rights found a violation of Articles 2 and 3, highlighting the state’s duty to protect individuals within its jurisdiction. The case underscores the complexities of migration and border control, prompting questions about state obligations in safeguarding migrants’ rights and safety. It emphasizes the necessity for thorough investigations into alleged ill-treatment, promoting accountability and transparency in border operations.