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  • ECtHR judgment in A.F. v. Greece (no. 53709/11) [Article 3 ECHR]

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The applicant is an Iranian national who lived in Athens when the application was lodged and currently in the United Kingdom, where he has applied for asylum. He entered Greece in 2010 and was arrested at the border. His removal was ordered, but it could not be carried out. He was kept in detention from October 2010 until January 2011 in the premises of the border police. In this time, he filed an asylum application, but the police rejected it. After being released, he left for the UK at an unspecified date.

  • ECRE: The Asylum Information Database (AIDA) is now active!

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    AIDA is an ECRE project that compiles country reports and resources for asylum seekers, practitioners and advocates. Additionally, there is an interactive tool that allows one to compare asylum procedures, reception conditions, and detention practices across different European countries.

     

    See more at the AIDA website.

  • ECtHR judgment in H. and B. v. UK (nos. 70073/10 and 44539/11) [Article 3 ECHR]

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The applicants are two Afghan nationals who worked, respectively, as a driver for the UN and as an interpreter for the US armed forces in Afghanistan. They applied for asylum in the United Kingdom as they considered themselves at risk of harm from the Taliban, Hizb-i-Islam and the Afghan authorities. Their applications were rejected by the British authorities at several instances. Before the ECtHR, they alleged that their deportation to Afghanistan would constitute a breach of Article 3 ECHR.

  • CJEU: New reference on reception conditions directive: Case C-79/13 Saciri and others

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The Belgian Arbeidshof te Brussel referred on February the following questions concerning the reception conditions directive to the CJEU for a preliminary ruling:

  • UNHCR publishes its Guidelines for claims to refugee status based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    Recognizing that in many parts of the world, individuals experience serious human rights abuses and other forms of persecution due to their actual or perceived sexual orientation and/ or gender identity, UNHCR published this week its Guidelines for claims to Refugee Status based on Sexual Orientation and/or Gender Identity.

  • Human Rights Watch publishes its Annual Report

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    Human Rights Watch has published its Annual Report, which summarises the human rights situation in some 90 countries around the world in 2012. The report contains a section on the European Union focusing on its asylum and migration policy and also addresses this topic when dealing with the human rights situation in selected EU states.

    The full report is accessible at Human Rights Watch's website.

  • EASO publishes its working programme for 2013

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) has recently published its Work Programme for 2013. The European Union aims at putting in place a Common European Asylum System by the end of 2012. This makes 2013 a crucial year for the implementation of such a system.

  • European Asylum Support Office: EASO publishes its first annual Report for 2011

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) published on 20/07/2012 its first 'Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum in the European Union and on the Activities of the European Asylum Support Office for 2011. The report provides a comprehensive description of the situation of asylum in the EU in 2011, with a focus on areas in which EASO was involved in during this period.

  • New reference to CJEU: Case C-249/13 Khaled Boudjilda v Préfet des Pyrénées Atlantiques

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    A reference for a preliminary ruling concerning Article 41 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Returns Directive was published by the CJEU this week. It was lodged on 6 May by the Tribunal administratif de Pau (France) and the questions read as follows:

  • Council of the European Union: Asylum Procedures Directive, Eurodac

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    Asylum Procedures Directive
    The Irish Presidency has published the result of the eighth trilogue on the asylum procedures directive in which the proposals presented by the Presidency the week before were accepted. The text that the Presidency proposes to the COREPER with a view to agreement between the Council and the Parliament is available here.

    Eurodac

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