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CRC: Committee finds violations concerning, inter alia, medical examinations in the course of age determination procedure

Thursday, February 4, 2021

On 4 February 2021, the Committee on the Rights of the Child adopted its views in R.Y.S. v Spain (CRC/C/86/D/76/2019).

R.R. and others v Hungary: ECtHR rules that asylum seeking family’s rights under Article 3 and Article 5 were violated in Röszke transit zone

Monday, March 8, 2021

On 2 March 2021, the European Court of Human Rights published its judgment in R.R. and others v Hungary (application no. 36037/17) concerning the confinement of an Iranian-Afghan family, including three minor children, to the Röszke transit zone at the border of Hungary and Serbia between 19 April and 15 August 2017.

Communicated cases against Poland: A.I. and others v Poland (application no. 39028/17), T.Z. and M.M. and Others v Poland (application no. 41764/17) and A.B. and Others v Poland (application no. 42907/17)

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

On 1 March 2021, the cases A.I. and others v Poland (application no. 39028/17), T.Z. and M.M. and Others v Poland (application no. 41764/17)  and A.B. and Others v Poland (application no. 42907/17) were communicated by the ECtHR. 

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Country of Applicant: Nigeria

The conditions of detention amounted to a violation of Article 3, in so far as the applicant remained in isolation, in a container with inadequate natural light and ventilation, for a significant amount of time and without any consideration of alternatives. The applicant’s unnecessary placement in a part of the detention facility that was reserved for Covid-19 quarantine also exposed him to health risk.

The applicant’s detention was not lawful under Article 5 (1) ECHR, as it lasted for fourteen months, the authorities were aware that the deportation was not feasible and failed to pursue the matter with diligence. Article 34 was also violated due to irregularities in the manner that legal aid was provided to the applicant and the lack of confidentiality and support during his communication with the Court while he was in detention.

Country of Applicant: Unknown

Member States are required to take due account of the best interests of the child before adopting a return decision accompanied by an entry ban, even where the person to whom that decision is addressed is not a minor but his or her father.

Country of Applicant: Afghanistan

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that the removal of families belonging to the Sikh religious minority to Afghanistan would not constitute a violation of Article 3 ECHR, as the applicants’ situation failed to reach the severity threshold required by this Article. Despite the fact that the Sikh community suffers from intimidation and intolerance within the Afghan society, the Court did not find that this group is the target of a practice of a systematic practice of ill-treatment, despite any difficulties they may be facing in the country.

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