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  • European Commission: EASO publishes its first Country of Origin Information Report on Afghanistan

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    On 10/07/2012, the European Asylum Support Office published its first country of origin information (COI) report. The report focuses on Taliban recruitment strategies in Afghanistan. It has also published a methodology guideline for future similar reports. Country of origin reports represent a crucial tool for the decision-making on asylum applications and their availability enhances harmonisation of asylum procedures in the EU.

  • ECtHR - Rafaa v. France (no. 25393/10) [Articles 2 and 3 ECHR]

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The applicant is a Moroccan national who arrived illegally in France. He alleged that he had been tortured by the Moroccan secret services because of his support to the Sahrawi cause. He was placed in detention and, following an international arrest warrant from Morocco based on allegations of terrorism, he was imprisoned with a view to his extradition in 2009. The French authorities approved his extradition and the applicant's appeals were dismissed. In the meantime he had also applied for asylum, but his application was dismissed.

  • CJEU: preliminary ruling reference from the Netherlands on assessment of credibility in sexual orientation cases

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The Dutch Council of State has decided to refer a question for a preliminary ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union concerning the assessment of the credibility of asylum claims based on persecution on grounds of sexual orientation:

  • PACE adopts reports and resolutions on migration and asylum issues

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has adopted two reports with the corresponding resolutions and recommendations to the Committee of Ministers concerning  migration and asylum issues.

  • Reference from the Irish Supreme Court to the CJEU in Nawaz v Minister for Justice Equaliy and Law Reform

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    In November 2012 the Irish Supreme Court referred a question for a preliminary ruling to the CJEU in the case Nawaz v Minister for Justice Equality & Law Reform and others, asking directly about the compatibility of the Irish system with Directive 2004/83/EC:

  • Niyazov v. Russia (no. 27843/11) [ Articles 3, 13 5 § 1,4 ECHR]

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The applicant, Akhmadzhon Niyazov, is an Uzbek national who was born in 1961 and, living in Russia since 2009, currently resides in Irkutsk. In March 2010, criminal proceedings were brought against him in Uzbekistan on suspicion of membership of “Wahhabism”, a religious organisation banned in Uzbekistan, and on 29 October 2010 he was arrested in Irkutsk with a view to his extradition.On 20 December 2010 the applicant lodged a request for refugee status in Russia with the Irkutsk FMS on the ground of fear of persecution because of his religious beliefs.

  • UK court limits the effects of the NS judgment of the CJEU to Article 4 rights

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    United Kingdom: The Queen on the application of Efrem Medhanye - and - Secretary of State for the Home Department, [2012] EWHC 1799, 02/07/2012

  • Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner: 1st quarterly activity report for 2013

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights has published his first quarterly activity report for 2013, detailing his activities in the first three months of the year. It includes a section on the human rights of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

    The report can be read at the website of the Commissioner.

  • Eurostat: asylum statistics for 2012

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    Eurostat has published the asylum statistics for 2012 in the European Union. They reflect an increase of 30.000 in the total number of applications presented in the European Union with respect to 2011. Germany, France, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Belgium received 70% of these applications. Afghanistan remained the first country of origin, followed by Syria and Russia. 14% of first instance decisions taken in 2012 granted refugee status, 10 % subsidiary protection and 2% authorisation to stay for humanitarian reasons, making up 27% positive first instance decisions.

  • Erratum

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    In the issue of 29 March 2013, the Weekly Legal Update and EDAL reported on a decision of the Council of Europe's Social Rights Committee in which it found that Belgium [had] violated several rights of the European Social Charter of 1961 (...). The violations found were in fact violations of the European Social Charter Revised, and not of the Charter of 1961. The Weekly Legal Update and EDAL apologise for this mistake and hope that it did not cause confusion or inconvenience to readers.

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