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  • Separated Children in Europe Programme: Position Paper on Age Assessment in the Context of Separated Children in Europe

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The Separated Children in Europe Programme (SCEP) published recently its Position Paper on Age Assessment in the Context of Separated Children in Europe.The Paper represents the position of the SCEP on age assessment in the context of separated children in Europe. In particular, it aims to provide concrete recommendations to States and other relevant stakeholders on how to ensure full respect of the rights that separated children are entitled to, when doubts concerning their age may arise.

  • ECtHR judgment in M.E. v. France (no. 50094/10) [Articles 3 and 13 ECHR]

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The applicant is an Egyptian national and an active member of the Coptic Christian community in his country who currently lives in France. He alleged that he had been victim of harassment and violent attacks in Egypt. His complaints against such attacks had not been followed up by the Egyptian authorities. In addition, he was sentenced to three years' imprisonment in absentia for proselytism. He fled Egypt in the course of the proceedings and went to France. In 2010 he was arrested in Germany and handed over to the French authorities.

  • EASO: Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum in the European Union 2012

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    EASO has released its second Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum in the EU in 2012. The report includes an overview of the number of applicants for international protection in the EU, as well as recognition rates and major developments at both the national and EU level. A total of 335,365 asylum applications were filed in the EU, and the overall EU protection rate was 28%.

  • United Kingdom: Ruling of the Appeals Court on asylum seeker's access to the labour market under Article 11 of the Reception Directive

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The judgment concerns two cases (Case No: C4/2011/1021 and C4/2011/2384):

  • CJEU: Opinion of Advocate General Jääskinen in the case C-4/11 Puid, 18 April 2013

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The main proceedings concern an Iranian national, Mr. Puid, who traveled from Teheran to Athens in October 2007 and after four days there continued to Frankfurt, where he requested asylum at the airport. The German Asylum Office determined that his application was inadmissible because, according to the Dublin Regulation, Greece was responsible for its processing. The applicant brought a court action against this decision seeking its annulment and asking the competent court to order Germany to process his application. He was shortly afterwards returned to Greece.

  • UNHCR published it comments on the Commission’s amended proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the establishment of 'EURODAC'.

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    It observed that the original purpose of Eurodac, as set out in the Eurodac Regulation, is to facilitate the operation of the Dublin II Regulation with the aim of determining the Member State responsible for examining an asylum application. Based on this, UNHCR considered that Eurodac in principle should be used for its original, limited purpose, and not for objectives extending far beyond that. However, should this proposal be adopted, UNHCR recommended that several safeguards are put in place, including in particular:

  • CJEU releases decision in Case C620/10: Migrationsverket v. Nurije Kastrati, Valdrina Kastrati, Valdrin Kastrati

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    (Dublin system - Regulation (EC) No 343/2003 - Procedure for determining the Member State responsible for examining an asylum application - Third-country nationals in possession of a valid visa issued by the Member State responsible within the meaning of Regulation No 343/2003 - Asylum application lodged in a Member State other than the State responsible pursuant to that regulation - Application for a residence permit in a Member State other than the State responsible followed by the withdrawal of the asylum application - Withdrawal occurring before the Member State responsible a

  • CJEU judgment in Case C-179/11, CIMADE, GISTI v. Ministre de l’Intérieur, de l’Outre-mer, des Collectivités territoriales et de l’Immigration, 27/09/2012

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    (Applications for asylum – Directive 2003/9/EC – Minimum standards for the reception of asylum seekers in the Member States – Regulation (EC) No 343/2003 – Obligation to guarantee asylum seekers minimum reception conditions during the procedure of taking charge or taking back by the responsible Member State – Determining the Member State obliged to assume the financial burden of the minimum conditions)

    Referred questions:

  • Formal adoption of Protocol 15 to the European Convention on Human Rights

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    On 16 May, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted and opened for signature and ratification the latest amendments to the European Convention on Human Rights. They will enter into force once all the 47 States Parties to the Convention have ratified the new Protocol 15. The amendments introduced to the Convention are in short 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.

  • UK: Court of Appeal Issues Guidance for Trafficking Victims in Criminal Cases

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The UK Court of Appeal overturned the convictions against three children from Vietnam who were trafficked to the UK and convicted for drug offences after a police raid on the cannabis factories in which they were forced to work. The judgement is a milestone reflecting the recently adopted EU Anti-Trafficking Directive.

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