UNHCR calls for better safety and security for community shelter

Tuesday 6, November 2007 BUDAPEST, November 6 (UNHCR) – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is deeply shocked by the murder of a Serbian asylum-seeker in the Nyirbàtor Open Community Shelter last Saturday. The attacker was able to beat his victim to death and he managed to escape afterwards. […]

Tuesday 6, November 2007

BUDAPEST, November 6 (UNHCR) – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is deeply shocked by the murder of a Serbian asylum-seeker in the Nyirbàtor Open Community Shelter last Saturday.

The attacker was able to beat his victim to death and he managed to escape afterwards. This indicates that the safety and security in the shelter is insufficient and needs to be improved as a matter or urgency, said Lloyd Dakin, UNHCR’s Regional Representative in Budapest.

Dakin expressed his satisfaction over the apprehension of the alleged perpetrator, a Russian asylum-seeker on Sunday. We are confident that the case will be handled in accordance with the Hungarian law, said Dakin. He appealed to Office for Immigration and Nationality to upgrade the security of persons in the community shelter so that tragic incidents of this nature can be avoided in the future.

UNHCR suggests strengthening preventive measures such as the introduction of social workers, psychological care, interpreters and an early warning system for dangerous and aggressive behaviour among inhabitants.