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  • United Kingdom's Upper Tribunal: asylum status under the Qualification Directive can be withdrawn without affecting refugee status under the Geneva Convention

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The United Kingdom's Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) has held that no inconsistency between the Qualification Directive (and the British legislation implementing it) and the Geneva Convention of 1951 arises from the fact that the former provides for the revocation of asylum status and the second does not contain any provision on revocation of refugee status.

  • ECtHR inadmissibility decision in L.H. and V.S. v. Belgium (no. 67429/10) [Article 8 ECHR]

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The applicants are an Armenian couple who entered Belgium in 2010 and applied for asylum. At the initial interview aimed at determining their situation regarding the Dublin Regulation, they declared that the parents of one of them lived in Belgium. The Belgian authorities found out that both applicants had obtained visas from the Italian embassy in Armenia before arriving in Belgium, although they had never travelled to Italy. The Belgian authorities ordered the applicants to leave the country.

  • Dublin Transnational ProjectTraining Module available online

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The Training Module designed by the Dublin Transnational Project is available online since last week. The module is aimed at national and European asylum law practitioners and organisations confronted in their work to the Dublin Regulation, and also to individuals interested in the Dublin Regulation for research or academic purposes.  The training module comprises a manual explaining the Dublin Regulation and its application in practice.

  • CJEU: Opinion of Advocate General Mengozzi in the case C-86/12 Alopka and Others v Ministre du Travail, de l'Emploi et de l'Immigration

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The applicant in the main proceedings is a Togolese national whose asylum application was rejected in Luxembourg. She was granted tolerated status after the birth of her twin children. They were granted French citizenship shortly afterwards as their father was a French citizen. Ms. Alopka and her children remained in Luxembourg living in a shelter for families without resources. Later on, she applied for residence. Her application was rejected and she was ordered to leave the country. In the course of appeals proceedings, she also presented an employment offer she got.

  • ECtHR: Factsheet on expulsions and extraditions updated

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The Court's factsheet on expulsions and extraditions has been updated in April 2013. It summarises cases of the Court where expulsions and extraditions of foreigners raised issues under Article 3 of the Convention owing to risk of ill-treatment by the state or by third parties, possible damages to the health of the applicant, or membership to political resistance or stigmatised minorities. Dublin transfers are also covered, as well as detention and detention conditions awaiting deportation and possible violations of the right to private life.

  • France: new case law on female genital mutilation

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The French Conseil d'État adjudicated in December 2012 on three cases concerning female genital mutilation (FGM) and overruled the jurisprudence of the Cour nationale du droit d'asile. The Conseil d'État has decided that girls born in France threatened with FGM can constitute, under certain circumstances, a social group in the sense of the Geneva Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and can therefore be granted asylum.

  • ILGA publishes its 2012 map on Lesbian and Gay Rights in the world

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    Every year, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association produces maps on Gay and Lesbian Rights in the world as well as its state sponsored Homophobia Report. ILGA has recently published the 2012 version of its map on Lesbian and Gay rights in the world. As with most of the material, the map is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French but this year the map is also available in Chinese, Hindi and German.

  • The Meijers Committee publishes Note on the EURODAC proposal (COM(2012) 254)

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The Meijers Committee published on 10 October 2012 a note on the amended proposal for a Regulation on the establishment of Eurodac. The new draft provides for the possibility to request comparison with Eurodac data by Member States law enforcement authorities and Europol. This was also proposed in 2009 but lapsed as a consequence of the Treaty of Lisbon.

  • Jesuit Refugee Service Europe: Report on the Dublin system

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The Jesuit Refugee Service released this week a report on the functioning and shortcomings of the Dublin system. The report is based on interviews of asylum seekers who have been removed several times owing to the Dublin Regulation and reveals that the rigidity of the EU rules and in their application results in obstacles in the search and obtaining of international protection in the European Union.

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