Two Syrian men had previously crossed the border from Romania to Hungary and then traveled to Budapest.
On 31/12/2021 they boarded a 11:40 train from Budapest train station, heading for Bratislava, Slovakia.
The train was stopped at the town of Vác. 5 Hungarian police officers entered the train, including 1 Arabic translator. 2 Police officers were wearing a navy uniform and 3 officers were wearing a light blue uniform, all with police insignia.
The 2 Syrian men clearly expressed their intent to request asylum. They were told “no asylum, you must return”
The 2 Syrian men were put into a police van, which already contained 4 Moroccan men and 1 Palestinian man who had already been taken off the same train.
All 7 men were taken to Vác police station. All their personal items were taken but all were returned, with the exception of a passport taken from one of the Syrian men. This was never returned.
They were not questioned in a formal interview. They were made to write their name on a piece of paper, and each person individually had their picture taken, showing their face and them holding this paper.
They were kept for roughly 12 hours before being returned to Serbia. Both men interviewed complained that their requests for food and water were denied.