The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Hungary – for the 28th time – to stop depriving an asylum seeker of food during his stay at the transit zone.

The Afghan man’s pregnant wife and daughter had to give him food from their own portions during the course of a week, according to media reports.

“He is the 28th person starved by the Hungarian authorities since August 2018,” the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, an NGO which provides free legal assistance to asylum seekers in Hungary, stated on Tuesday.

The Helsinki Committee and other human rights organisations accuse the Hungarian government of using starvation as a tactic to deter migrants from claiming asylum. Each time, the NGO has appealed to the Strasbourg court – and won.

But the Hungarian government says there is “no free lunch for illegal immigrants”.