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  • Asylum and migration on the agenda of the Parliamentary Assembly

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will be holding the second part of its 2013 Ordinary Session next week, during which two reports concerning asylum and migration issues will be discussed and adopted together with related resolutions and recommendations: Frontex: human rights responsibilities and Management of mixed migration and asylum challenges beyond the European Union's eastern border. Both reports have been prepared by the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons. The debates are scheduled for Thursday 25 April.

  • ECtHR decision in D.N.W. v. Sweden (no. 29946/10) [Articles 2 and 3]

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The applicant is an Ethiopian national who claimed asylum in Sweden in 2007 on the ground that he had been beaten, imprisoned and tortured after criticising the 2005 elections in his country. His asylum claim was rejected by the authorities who found that he had failed to prove any future risk of ill-treatment if he were sent back to Ethiopia. The applicant argued that his removal to Ethiopia would put him at risk of death or treatment contrary to Article 3.

  • U.K. Court of Appeal issues judgment regarding independent medical evidence of torture

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    United Kingdom: [2012] EWCA Civ 521: Court of Appeal (Civil Division): R (on the application of AM) and the Secretary of State for the Home Department

  • UNHCR publishes note on Dublin transfers to Hungary of people who have transited through Serbia

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    UNHCR recommends that Dublin participating States refrain from transferring asylum seekers under the Dublin Regulation to Hungary, in cases where those asylum seekers have or may have been in Serbia prior to entering Hungary. In a note published this week, UNHCR highlights that Hungary considers Serbia to be a ‘safe third country’, and systematically returns asylum seekers who have transited through Serbia to that country without examination of their claims on the merits.

  • Belgium: list of safe countries of origin for 2013 published

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    On 15 May, the Belgian official journal published the list of safe countries of origin for 2013. The list includes the same seven countries as in 2012: Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and India.

    Find more information on the website of the Belgian Secretary of State for asylum and migration.

  • ECtHR Chamber Judgments in Eight Swedish Asylum Cases [Arts. 2 and 3 ECHR]

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The applicants are Iraqi nationals whose asylum claims were rejected by Sweden and who face deportation. Before the European Court of Human Rights, two of the applicants alleged that they would be at risk of being the victims of an honour-related crime due to their relationships with women that were disapproved of by their families. In the other six cases, the applicants alleged they would be at risk of persecution due to being Christians, which constitute a religious minority in the country.

  • Statewatch analysis of the proposed new rules on interception and disembarkation during Frontex sea operations

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    Statewatch has published an analysis of the Commission's proposal for new rules for Frontex sea operations signed by Marie Martin. The analysis concludes that the proposal does not clarify Frontex's responsibility for and in joint operations and warns that it may contain provisions contrary to the principle of non-refoulement, given that in case of interception on the high seas, disembarkation may take place in the third country from which the ship departed.

  • UNHCR: New note on Dublin transfers to Hungary

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    UNHCR has acknowledged in its December update note that Hungary does no longer deny in-merit examination of asylum claims where the applicants have previously transited through Serbia or Ukraine, and consequently has amended its previous position from October 2012 where it urged Member States to stop sending back to Hungary applicants who had transited Serbia. According to UNHCR, those applicants have ceased to be detained or returned to Serbia or Ukraine.

  • UK: Suspension on removal of Tamil asylum seekers

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The British High Court decided this week that a group of Tamils the UK Border Agency intended to deport back to Sri Lanka should stay in the United Kingdom until an upcoming Country Guidance case concerning the safety of returned failed asylum seekers in Sri Lanka is decided. As the High Court considered that the guidance on Sri Lanka was being considered virtually afresh and that the existing country guidance will have to change, the suspension on the removal of all Tamil failed asylum seekers was ordered.

  • ECtHR releases decision in A.L. v. Austria (Application no. 7788/11) [Articles 3, 13 ECHR]

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The applicant, A.L., is a Togolese national who was born in 1988 and currently lives in Salzburg (Austria). He arrived at Vienna airport in November 2008 and immediately claimed asylum. His application was dismissed in May 2010 and his expulsion ordered. A member of the opposition political party in Togo (Union des Forces de Changement), he alleges that, if returned to Togo, he would be at risk of persecution and even death.

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