A photo of a cross shaved into a Moroccan migrant's head by the Hungarian police on the border with Serbian | Source photo: Website of the Serbian NGO KlikAktiv
A photo of a cross shaved into a Moroccan migrant's head by the Hungarian police on the border with Serbian | Source photo: Website of the Serbian NGO KlikAktiv

An NGO has reported an increase in violence and abuse against migrants trying to enter Hungary from Serbia. A young Moroccan man said that he had been beaten by border police who shaved a cross into his hair prior to sending him back to Serbia.

Hungarian authorities are allegedly using increased violence and brutality at the Hungarian-Serbian border against migrants and refugees attempting to enter Hungary illegally from Serbia, according to a Facebook post this week by the NGO KlikAktiv - Center for Development of Social Policies.

KlikAktiv collected testimonies of people who said they had been "targeted at the border with rubber bullets," "shaken off the fence with jeeps as if they were dolls," and been "dragged by the legs," while others said they had been "stripped completely nude before being forced back into Serbia."

Migrant from Morocco suffered abuse

The NGO pointed in particular to the case of a migrant from Morocco who was reportedly stopped by the Hungarian border police along with others. After beating him, the police reportedly discovered an electric razor in his bag and shaved a cross into his hair prior to sending him back to Serbia.

"They turned on the razor, pinned me down, and shaved a cross" into his hair, the NGO quoted the man as saying. The NGO posted a photo on Facebook to corroborate the accusations.

"Unfortunately, inhumane and degrading treatment of refugees has become common at the EU's external borders and this case is no exception," the NGO told ANSA.

"The same practice was used in the past on the Croatian-Bosnian border when Croatian police painted a cross on the heads of refugees with red paint."

Correction note: An earlier version of this article (first published on September 12) stated that the Moroccan man tried to enter Serbia from Hungary. This is incorrect, he tried to enter Hungary from Serbia.

 

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