- Lydia Gall: The government has relentlessly stirred up xenophobic sentiments against refugees and migrants
- With Hungary's leaders encouraging hostility against asylum seekers, it is hardly surprising that border officials show little humanity
Lydia Gall is the Eastern Europe and Balkans researcher at Human Rights Watch. The opinions in the article below belong to the author.
(CNN)"We came from wars and places where governments are threatening people," 20-year old Nasratullah, an asylum seeker fleeing violence in Afghanistan, told me last week. "And then we came to Hungary and police beat us a lot. I want to know why they are doing this to us. We are not animals and we are not criminals."