ECtHR Communicated case: M.A. and others v. Lithuania (application no. 59793/17)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

On 11 October 2017, the European Court of Human Rights communicated the case M.A. and others v. Lithuania (application no. 59793/17), which concerns a Russian family who attempted to apply for asylum in Lithuania and who was returned to Belarus by Lithuanian border guards. The applicants complained under Article 3 ECHR that the Lithuanian authorities exposed them to a real risk of torture or inhuman treatment in Russia by virtue of a chain refoulement from Belarus, which has no functioning international protection mechanism. They also complain under Article 13 ECHR in conjunction with Article 3 ECHR that they did not have an effective remedy against the decisions to deny them entry into Lithuania.

The applicants had previously brought complaints before the ECtHR against Poland on similar grounds (M.A. and others v. Poland, application no. 42902/17).

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Effective access to procedures
Effective remedy (right to)
Inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment