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Belgium: CALL finds that Palestinian refugee from Gaza should not be excluded under Article 1D

Friday, August 21, 2015

This case relates to a Palestinian refugee registered with UNRWA in Gaza, who claimed asylum in Belgium. Due to his work as a photo-journalist in Gaza he was injured by live fire from the Israeli army and received threats both from Hamas and the Israeli authorities. During the war in Gaza he witnessed the direct targeting of journalist friends by Israeli rockets.

UK: Upper Tribunal guidance on sufficiency of protection

Friday, June 19, 2015

The applicants in the case of N.A. and V.A. v. Secretary of State for the Home Department are asylum seekers from India and Pakistan respectively, who got married contrary to the wishes of their families and were threatened with honour killing.

Netherlands: Hague Court allows appeal against Article 1F exclusion of Syrian army deserter

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

This case relates to a Syrian asylum seeker, who had previously ranked as a 1st lieutenant before deserting the army, fleeing Syria and claiming asylum in the Netherlands. He had received threats from Jabhat Al Nusra to leave the army, and had been shot and wounded. He went into hiding before escaping, and was later sentenced to execution for treason.

Latest Cases

País del Solicitante: Turkey , Palabras Clave: Detention, Effective remedy (right to), Material reception conditions, Political Opinion, Real risk, Refugee Status, Right to remain pending a decision (Suspensive effect), Well-founded fear , Número de Registro de la Sentencia: 11-09-2009

The European Court of Human Rights held that there had been a violation of Article 3 with regards to the applicant’s detention conditions in Soufli and Attiki (Petrou Rali). It further found a violation of Article 5 §§ 1 and 4 due to the unlawful detention of the applicant and the lack of remedies to challenge it.

País del Solicitante: Turkey , Palabras Clave: Detention, Effective remedy (right to), Return , Número de Registro de la Sentencia: 24-07-2008

The European Court of Human Rights found that the expulsion of a Turkish national from Bulgaria violated his right to respect for private and family life (Article 8) and his right to an effective remedy (Article 13). What is more, it held that the Bulgarian authorities did not abide with the procedural safeguards relating to the expulsion of nationals. 

País del Solicitante: Algeria, France, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia , Palabras Clave: Country of origin, Detention, Effective remedy (right to), Inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Real risk, Refugee Status, Return, Safe country of origin, Terrorism , Número de Registro de la Sentencia: 19-02-2009

The European Court of Human Rights found a violation of Article 5 para 1 (f), 4 and 5 with regards to some of the eleven applicants in this case, who were detained as suspected terrorists by UK authorities.

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The European Database of Asylum Law (EDAL) is an online database co-ordinated by the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and a compilation of summaries of refugee and asylum case law from the courts of 17 EU Member 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 Member State’s national language.

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