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Asylum - important judgement of the European Court of Human Rights

23/02/2012

In today's Grand Chamber judgment, the European Court of Human rights gave its verdict in a case concerning Somalian and Eritrean migrants who had been intercepted at sea by the Italian authorities and sent back to Libya. The Court held unanimously that returning migrants to Libya without examining their case exposed them to a risk of ill-treatment and amounted to a collective expulsion. The Court also agreed that although the operation took place at high seas the applicants fell within the jurisdiction of Italy for the purposes of Article 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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