PRO ASYL: A vic­to­ry for the pro­tec­tion of human rights in Europe

PRO ASYL wel­co­mes the lea­ding decisi­on of the Euro­pean Court of Human Rights in Stras­bourg. Estab­li­shing that the trans­fer of an afghan asyl­um see­ker from Bel­gi­um to Greece con­sti­tu­ted a bre­ach of the Euro­pean Con­ven­ti­on on Human Rights will have impli­ca­ti­ons for thousands of cases of asyl­um see­kers, threa­tened to be retur­ned to Greece.

Stras­bourg finds a vio­la­ti­on of Arti­cle 3 of the Con­ven­ti­on by both, Greece and Bel­gi­um: the living and detenti­on con­di­ti­ons that pro­tec­tion see­kers face in Greece repre­sent a case of inhu­ma­ne and degra­ding tre­at­ment. The con­dem­na­ti­on of the retur­ning sta­te, Bel­gi­um, and the recei­ving sta­te, Greece, is a “vic­to­ry for the pro­tec­tion of human rights in Euro­pe” accord­ing to PRO ASYL.

With this ruling, Stras­bourg cla­ri­fies that blind depor­ta­ti­ons without effec­ti­ve safe­guards against the trans­fer are not in accordance with the Euro­pean Con­ven­ti­on on Human Rights. “After the Stras­bourg judgment trans­fers of asyl­um see­kers to Greece have to be sus­pen­ded throughout the EU” decla­res Karl Kopp, direc­tor of Euro­pean Affairs with PRO ASYL. “The obvious col­lap­se of the Greek asyl­um sys­tem is also a sign of a sys­temic cri­sis of the Dub­lin II Sys­tem (for deter­mi­ning the respon­si­bi­li­ty for asyl­um claims wit­hin the EU).” The defi­ci­ent Dub­lin-Regu­la­ti­on has to be revi­sed fun­da­ment­al­ly. The EU is obli­ged to quick­ly estab­lish an arran­ge­ment for the allo­ca­ti­on of respon­si­bi­li­ty regar­ding asyl­um in the spi­rit of soli­da­ri­ty and ful­ly con­forming to human rights.

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