Communicated cases against Turkey, Bulgaria and the Netherlands

Friday, April 6, 2018

The European Court of Human Rights has recently communicated several asylum-related cases:

  • Awad v. Turkey (application no. 80206/17): concerning the pending expulsion of an Iraqi couple who applied for asylum in Turkey. They claim that they would be exposed to a real risk of death or ill-treatment if removed to their country of origin.
  • Yapuquan v. Turkey (application no. 160/18): concerning an ethnic Uighur Muslim from China who is currently detained at a Foreigner’s Removal Centre in Turkey. In 2017, he was recognised as a mandate refugee by UNHCR in Turkey. He complains about the lawfulness and the conditions of his detention, particularly with regard to his psychical and mental health issues.
  • M.A. and others v. Bulgaria (application no. 5115/18): regarding five Uighur Muslims from China who unsuccessfully applied for asylum in Bulgaria and who are currently detained there pending their removal to China. They argue that their removal would breach Articles 2 and 3 ECHR.
  • Büyük v. Bulgaria (application no. 23843/17): regarding a Turkish businessman whose extradition to Turkey had been initially requested due to his alleged involvement in terrorist acts related to the Gülen movement in Turkey. On his way to an appointment with the Bulgarian asylum authorities, he was arrested and immediately sent back to Turkey, without any apparent legal basis. The applicant, who is currently detained in Turkey, claims that Bulgaria violated his rights under Articles 3 and 13 ECHR.
  • Touré v. the Netherlands (application no. 14778/18): concerning a Guinean woman who had her asylum application rejected in the Netherlands. She claims that a removal to her country of origin would violate Article 3 ECHR as her daughter and her would risk being subjected to female genital mutilation.

Based on an unofficial translation by the ELENA Weekly Legal Update.


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