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European court rules against sexual orientation test for asylum seekers

January 27th, 2018

A pro-government columnist calls for tougher measures against NGOs who help migrants, as the top European court rules against the psychological testing of asylum seekers who seek protection on the grounds of being victims of homophobic persecution.

On Thursday, in a case submitted by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that asylum seekers cannot be subjected to psychological tests intended to determine their sexual orientation. In 2015, the Hungarian authorities used such examinations in the case of a Nigerian asylum seeker who claimed that because he was gay his life would be in danger if he was returned to Nigeria. The tests suggested that the Nigerian man was not homosexual, and his asylum application was rejected.

Magyar Idők’s Ferenc Kis interprets the decision as proof that the ‘Soros network and its Brussels friends’ pose a threat to ‘Europe’s security, culture and national communities’. The pro-government columnist thinks that the Helsinki Committee, which is partly funded by George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, together  with the Luxembourg-based court, want to secure asylum for individuals even if they do not qualify for refugee status. In Kis’s reading, the case shows that Hungary needs to amend the Stop Soros package (see BudaPost January 20) in order to protect itself and Europe from efforts aimed at ‘ruining traditional European societies’.

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