Federal Court of Canada judge overrules decision to reject refugee status to Roma citizens of Hungary

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      Two Roma citizens of Hungary have been given a reprieve in Canada.

      In June 2018, Istvanne Glonczi and her adult son Oliver Glonczi's refugee claims were rejected by the Immigration and Refugee Board's refugee protection division.

      The refugee protection division concluded that the Glonczis had the option of an "internal flight alternative"—or IFA—to Budapest, where they would not be at a risk of persecution.

      But earlier this month, that decision was overturned by Federal Court of Canada Justice Elizabeth Heneghan.

      "In my opinion, the RPD did not engage with the documentary evidence and explain its conclusion that state organizations would provide better protection to the Applicants in Budapest than elsewhere in Hungary," she wrote.

      The Glonczis sought protection on the basis of their Roma ethnicity, according to the ruling.

      Hungary has repeatedly been condemned for its human rights abuses and xenophobia, including by the European Parliament last September.

      "This was based on serious concerns related to the functioning of the constitutional system, the independence of the judiciary, freedom of expression, freedom of association, the rights to equal treatment, the rights of persons belonging to minorities, including Roma and Jews, the fundamental rights of migrants, asylum-seekers, and more," Amnesty International declared on its website.

      Two months after the Glonczis's claims were rejected by the refugee protection division, Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán's far-right government stopped giving food to detained asylum seekers who challenge their cases in court.

      The same month, a new Hungarian law imposed a 25 percent tax on financial support going to organizations and activities that support migration.

      Last week, the Guardian reported that Orbán is increasingly citing "Christian values" to justify his hardline positions, which include criminalizing homeless people in Budapest.

      U.S. president Donald Trump lavished praise on Orbán when he visited the White House in May, claiming that the Hungarian nationalist is "highly respected" and is doing a "tremendous job".

      Video: Viktor Orbán and Donald Trump each mentioned Hungary's promotion of Christianity when Orbán visited the White House.