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France: Council of State upholds order of Lille administrative tribunal judge on humanitarian conditions in Calais

Monday, November 23, 2015

The urgent applications judge (‘juge des référés’) of the Council of State has upheld the order of the president of the Administrative Tribunal of Lille of 2 November 2015, on improving humanitarian conditions for migrants at Calais.

Belgium: Council for Alien Law Litigation ruling on FGM in Guinea

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

This case relates to a national of Guinea who requested asylum in October 2012 on the basis of a fear of both her and her daughter being subjected to forced genital mutilation (FGM) by her in-laws. The claim was rejected in July 2013, on reasons of her profile and credibility on the basis that neither her nor her sisters had undergone FGM, and that she lived in a modern part of the country. Her appeal was dismissed.

The Netherlands: Raad van State rulings on Dublin transfers to Hungary

Thursday, November 26, 2015

On 26 November 2015, the Raad van State (the highest administrative court in the Netherlands) allowed the appeals of two asylum seekers to prevent their transfer to Hungary, under the Dublin III Regulation. Lower courts are now obliged to follow this ruling, which has consequences for all Dublin-Hungary cases in the Netherlands.

Latest Cases

Country of Decision: Germany , Country of Applicant: Unknown , Keywords: Sicherer Drittstaat, Unmenschliche oder erniedrigende Behandlung oder Bestrafung, Verfahrensgarantien, Wirksamer Zugang zu Asylverfahren, Überstellung nach der Dublin-Verordnung , Date of Decision: 03-09-2015

Dem Einspruch gegen die Überführung eines Asylsuchenden von Deutschland nach Ungarn im beschleunigten Dublin-Verfahren wird stattgegeben und die Entscheidung ausgesetzt. Der Antragsteller ist möglicherweise gefährdet, aufgrund von Systemmängeln im ungarischen Asylverfahren und der dortigen Aufnahmebedingungen infolge des Inkrafttretens neuer Gesetze in Ungarn am 1. August 2015 sowie aufgrund des Risikos der weiteren Überführung nach Serbien Opfer unmenschlicher oder entwürdigender Behandlung zu werden.

Country of Decision: France , Country of Applicant: Algeria , Keywords: Informations sur le pays d'origine, Pays d'origine, Peines ou traitements inhumains ou dégradants, Persécution (Actes de), Protection interne , Date of Decision: 11-02-2015

Il s’agit d’un recours introduit par la requérante auprès du Conseil d’Etat, à la décision du 17 Juin 2013 de la Cour National du Droit d’Asile (CNDA), qui avait rejeté la demande d’annulation de la décision négative du directeur général de l’Office français de protection des réfugiés et apatrides (OFPRA) à l’encontre de la demande d’asile de la requérante.

Le Conseil d’Etat a annulé la décision du CNDA, en affirmant qu’avant de déclarer l’existence d’une possibilité raisonnable pour la requérante de trouver asile interne dans une autre région de son pays d’origine, la Cour aurait dû rechercher à quelle portion du territoire algérien elle aurait pu, en toute sûreté, accéder, s’y  établir et mener une existence et une vie familiale normale, sans crainte d’être persécutée ou d’être exposée aux menaces graves de violence de la part de son ancien époux.

Country of Decision: France , Country of Applicant: Algeria , Keywords: Country of origin, Country of origin information, Inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Internal protection, Persecution (acts of) , Date of Decision: 11-02-2015

The case concerns an appeal of an Algerian woman to the Council of State, against a decision taken on the 17 June 2013 by the National Court of Asylum (CNDA), who rejected the appeal against the Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Person’s (OFPRA) decision concerning the applicant’s application for asylum.  

The Council of State annulled the decision of the CNDA, stating that before finding the existence of a reasonable possibility for the applicant to find internal protection in another region of her country of origin, the Court should have looked into which part of the Algerian territory the applicant could, in all safety, access, settle, exist and lead a normal family life without the fear of being persecuted or being exposed to the risk of serious violence from her ex-husband.

About EDAL

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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