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  • Abdulkhakov v. Russia (no. 14743/11) [Articles 3,5 and 34- Rule ]

    Date: 
    10/04/2013

    The case concerns the Russian authorities’ alleged secret transfer of an Uzbek national, detained in Russia with a view to his extradition to his country of origin, despite the European Court of Human Rights’s indication (under Rule 39 - interim measures) to the Russian Government that no extradition should take place until further notice. The applicant, Murodzhon Abdulkhakov, is an Uzbek national who was born in 1979 and is currently in hiding in Tajikistan.

  • Report on credibility assessment in EU asylum systems

    Date: 
    10/04/2013

    UNHCR has published its full report on credibility assessment in EU asylum systems. The report provides an insight into state practices concerning the assessment of credibility in asylum procedures and seeks to contribute to their further harmonisation in view of the significant discrepancies existing between member states and within national jurisdictions as regards the outcomes of such assessment.

  • UNHCR Global Trends Report 2012

    Date: 
    10/04/2013

    UNHCR has published the 2012 edition of the Global Trends Report, its leading annual report on the state of forced displacement in the world. The report documents the highest figures of displaced persons in the past 18 years, reaching 45.2 million people of whom 15.4 are refugees and almost a million asylum seekers. During 2012 7.6 million persons became newly displaced. The report indicates that 81% of the world's refugees are hosted by developing countries. 46% of the world's refugees are children with the number of unaccompanied or separated children increasing.

  • ECtHR factsheet on minors updated

    Date: 
    10/04/2013

    The factsheet on the Court's case law concerning the protection of minors was updated this month. It contains information on some cases dealing with detention of minors and migrant children and is available at the Court's website.

  • European Parliament: LIBE Committee votes for the EUROSUR regulation.

    Date: 
    10/04/2013

    On 27 November the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament approved the draft text of the EUROSUR regulation. Negotiations with the European Council are now bound to start with a view to making the system operational as of 1 October 2013. EUROSUR will be a new border surveillance system designed to improve the monitoring, detection, identification, tracking, prevention and interception of illegal border crossings and it will serve as an information exchange system with the EU Member States and FRONTEX.

  • Stockholm Programme mid-term review

    Date: 
    10/04/2013

    The Cypriot Presidency submitted a mid-term review of the Stockholm Programme to the European Council in view of the debate in the JHA in December 2012.  Amongst other areas, it examined what developments have taken place in the areas of asylum/migration, illegal immigration and border control.

     To read the full document please click here .

  • UNHCR publishes statement regarding membership of a particular social group and internal flight alternative in the context of human trafficking

    Date: 
    10/04/2013

    UNHCR published on 14/06/2012 its Statement on the Application of Article 1A(2) of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol to Victims of Trafficking in France.

  • Strong recommendations on asylum-seeking children in Concluding Observations of the CRC to Greece

    Date: 
    10/04/2013

    The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, in the framework of its sixtieth session which took place between 29 May and 15 June 2012, considered the consolidated second and third periodic report of Greece at its 1710th and 1711th meetings held on 6 June 2012 and adopted its concluding observations on 15 June 2012.  

  • JRS: Forced Migration Routes Through Macedonia to Croatia

    Date: 
    10/04/2013

    The Jesuit Refugee Service released a report on the strained asylum systems in Croatia and Macedonia. Poor protection capacities in Macedonia, a frequent country of transit for asylum seekers, together with an inadequate asylum system in Croatia, means the EU must take action to prevent another collapse like in Greece. The number of asylum seekers in Croatia rose by 50% between 2011 and 2012, and this trend may continue. The state of Croatia’s asylum system is especially important as it is about to join the EU, and as a border state it will become a new point of entry into the Union.

  • Council of Europe: European Committee of Social Rights: Belgium violates social rights of irregular and asylum seeking children

    Date: 
    10/04/2013

    The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) has found that Belgium violated several rights of the European Social Charter of 1961with respect to migrant and asylum-seeking children. Belgium will now have to take measures to ensure the protection of their rights in the future and report back to the ECSR.

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