Communicated cases against Switzerland (Application nos. 12937/20 and 9078/20) and Russia (Application No. 57893/19)

Friday, June 26, 2020
  • S.N. and B.N. v Switzerland (Application No. 12937/20): The case concerns the return of a child, in the context of international child abduction proceedings, to Thailand. The mother of the child complains that the Swiss authorities did not effectively examine the existence of a serious risk to the child’s family life, contrary to Article 8 ECHR, and denounces the slowness of the procedure.

         Based on an unofficial translation by the EWLU team.

  • S.M. v Switzerland (Application No. 9078/20): The applicant, an Eritrean national who entered Switzerland in 2012, was recognised as a refugee in 2014 and benefited from a temporary admission status. Her two daughters are currently living in the Adu Hirush refugee camp in Ethiopia. Their application for family reunification was rejected by the Swiss authorities on the basis that the applicant is dependent on social assistance and did not meet the required conditions. She complains that the refusal of family reunification is contrary to Article 8 ECHR, both substantively and procedurally.

         Based on an unofficial translation by the EWLU team.

  • V.D. v Russia (Application No. 57893/19): The case concerns an extradition to Belarus, where the applicant is wanted on charges of tax evasion, credit fraud and misappropriation. He complains that he would face a real risk of ill-treatment contrary to Article 3 ECHR in the event of his return due to his sexual orientation. He also complains that he would be exposed to detention conditions incompatible with Article 3.

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Best interest of the child
Family reunification
Sexual orientation