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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

Sökandes ursprungsland: Syria , Nyckelord: Country of origin, Country of origin information, Detention, Discrimination, Effective remedy (right to), Inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Persecution (acts of), Previous persecution, Right to remain pending a decision (Suspensive effect) , Avgörandedatum: 21-07-2015

The case follows on from litigation presented in M.A. v Cyprus and focuses in on the legal grounds for detention in Cyprus for an applicant who is subject to removal as well as an individual’s right to speedy judicial review of the lawfulness of detention. 

Sökandes ursprungsland: Afghanistan , Nyckelord: Country of origin, Detention, Effective remedy (right to), Indirect refoulement, Inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Persecution Grounds/Reasons, Race, Real risk, Refugee Status, Well-founded fear , Avgörandedatum: 02-01-2013

The case examined the allegations of the applicants that their deportation to Moscow will entail a real risk of refoulement to Afghanistan where they fear treatment contrary to Article 3 of the Convention.  Further, it examined the applicants’ complaints of a violation of their right to an effective remedy in conjunction with Article 3, invoking Article 13 of the Convention.

Sökandes ursprungsland: Iran , Nyckelord: Detention, Inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Medical Reports/Medico-legal Reports, Personal interview, Political Opinion, Real risk, Refugee Status, Torture, Well-founded fear , Avgörandedatum: 09-06-2010

The European Court of Human Rights held that the deportation of an Iranian national to Iran would give rise to a violation of Article 3 of the Convention.

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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