Latest News

UN Committee against Torture blocks return of rejected asylum-seeker from Switzerland to Eritrea

Friday, December 7, 2018

On 7 December, the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) ruled on an individual communication concerning the decision of Swiss authorities to return an Eritrean deserter back to his home country.

The applicant had escaped forced recruitment

Germany – Münster Administrative Court obliged the German asylum authorities to accept a delayed take charge request from Greece

Saturday, December 22, 2018

On 22 December 2018, the Administrative Court of Münster ruled in a case concerning an interim measure brought forward by two brothers, both Syrian nationals, claiming a violation of their rights under Articles 8 and 17 (2) of the 

Belgium – Council of State suspends registration quota on asylum requests

Thursday, December 20, 2018

On 20 December, the Belgian Council of State decided to suspend a measure introducing a cap on the number of asylum application registrations.

Latest Cases

Country of Decision: United Kingdom , Country of Applicant: Sri Lanka , Keywords: Detention , Date of Decision: 13-07-2018

According to UK detention rules, a detainee must be examined by a doctor within 24 hours of being detained in order to ascertain if they are a potential victim of torture.  

Country of Decision: United Kingdom , Country of Applicant: Somalia , Keywords: Cessation of protection, Circumstances ceased to exist , Date of Decision: 02-05-2018

UK Court of Appeal rules on the correct test to use when making a decision on cessation of refugee status.

Country of Decision: United Kingdom , Country of Applicant: Palestinian Territory , Keywords: Humanitarian considerations, Return , Date of Decision: 31-07-2018

Court ruled upon the correct test to use when considering returns to Palestine.

About EDAL

The European Database of Asylum Law (EDAL) is an online database managed by the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and a compilation of summaries of refugee and asylum case law from the courts of 22 European states, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The summaries are published in English and in the relevant state’s national language.

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