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  • UNHCR reports on homelessness among asylum seekers in Central Europe

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    UNHCR Central Europe has released three reports documenting the housing situation of asylum seekers and refugees in Poland, Bulgaria and Slovakia. The reports were sponsored by UNHCR and the research was carried out by independent experts. The reports reveal that asylum seekers and refugees often find themselves in situations of destitution and homelessness in these three countries owing to obstacles such as shortage of housing facilities, lack of access to the labour market or excessively high rents.

  • ECtHR judgment in Turluyeva v. Russia (no. 63638/09) [Articles 2, 3, 5 and 13 ECHR]

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The applicant is a Russian national who lives in Chechnya. In October 2009, her son was detained by the police and he has not been seen ever since. Before the Court, the applicant contended under Article 2 that her son had been killed by Russian servicemen and that the authorities had failed to investigate his disappearance. She also complained of a violation of Article 3 owing to the suffering caused to her by the disappearance of her son, of a violation of Article 5 in relation to his detention and of a violation of Article 13.

  • Council of Europe: Parliamentary Assembly: approval of draft Protocol no. 15 to the ECHR

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The Legal Affairs Committee of the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly agreed this week that the draft Protocol no. 15 to the European Convention on Human Rights could be adopted and opened for signature and ratification as presently drafted. The main features of this Protocol, which amends the Convention, are the following:


    -The introduction, in the Preamble of the Convention, of a reference to the principle of subsidiarity and the doctrine of the margin of appreciation as developed in the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights.

  • European Commission: Rights of victims of trafficking in human beings

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The European Commission published recently a paper that gives an overview of the rights of victims of trafficking in human beings based on EU law, which should also help Member States develop a similar overviews at national level. The paper is accessible at the website of DG Home.

  • ECtHR decision in Athary v. Turkey (no. 50372/09) [Article 5]

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The applicant is an Iranian national who applied for asylum in Turkey in 2004. Pending a decision on his application, he was granted a temporary residence permit. In 2007 he was convicted of a drugs offence and sentenced to 18 months imprisonment. Following his release in December 2008, he was placed in a foreigners' removal centre from which he only was released when he was granted refugee status in The Netherlands and moved there in April 2010.

  • European Parliament: the European Refugee Fund, the European Return Fund and the European Fund for Integration of Third-Country Nationals adopted in first reading

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    During its plenary session in Strasbourg, the European Parliament adopted in first reading the proposals for decisions of the Parliament and the Council with a view to increasing the co-financing rate of the European Refugee Fund, the European Return Fund and the European Fund for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals. This proposal aims at increasing the co-financing rate for certain Member States experiencing or threatened with serious difficulties with respect to their financial stability.

  • Singh and Others v. Belgium (no. 33210/11)[Articles 3 and 13-Rule 39]

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The applicants, Nam Singh, Meena Kaur and their three children are Afghan nationals who reside in Sint-Gillis (Belgium). The applicants arrived in Belgium in March 2011 on a flight from Moscow. As they did not have the legally required documents, they were refused entry into Belgium and the Aliens Office issued directions for their removal. The applicants, at the same time, applied for asylum.

  • ILGA updates its surveys of law criminalising and protecting same-sex relationships

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    In May, the International Lesbian and Gay Association updated its world survey on laws criminalising and protecting same-sex relationships, entitled "State-Sponsored Homophobia". The report includes a short note arguing that the absence of criminalisation of homosexual activity does not demonstrate the absence of risk of persecution in a give country.

  • CJEU: upcoming hearing on reference from Dutch Council of State on membership of a particular social group and sexual orientation

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    11 April 2013: Joined cases C-199/12, C-200/12 and C-201/12, X, Y and Z.

    The CJEU will be holding a hearing concerning these three joined cases, in which the Dutch Council of State referred the following questions:

  • ECtHR decision in Barjamaj v. Greece (No. 36657/11) [Article 5 ECHR]

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The applicant is an Albanian national who had been living without authorisation in Greece for ten years. In 2011, while he was still a minor, he was arrested and remanded in custody pending a decision on his expulsion. When this decision was taken, his detention was extended in order to prevent him from absconding. After spending a total of 14 days in detention, he was released upon an order of the administrative court of Athens. By the time of the judgment, the expulsion order had not been executed. Before the Court, Mr.

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