Syrian family submits complaint at European Court Human Rights Court about expulsion under EU-Turkey deal

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Amsterdam, 21 April 2017 -  Flip Schüller, lawyer at Prakken d'Oliveira has submitted an application before the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of a Syrian family (father, mother and four children aged 6, 5, 2 and 1 years) together with Greek lawyers Natassa Strachini and Marianna Tzeferakou

The family had formally expressed their wish to apply for asylum in Greece. Nevertheless, the Greek authorities continued the deportation of the Syrian family to Turkey without due consideration of their asylum claims. The family subsequently spent two weeks in a detention centre in southeast Turkey.

The application includes the following:

Re: Greece: the expulsion of the family to Turkey without due consideration of their asylum claims amounted to a violation of the principle that everyone should be protected against ill-treatment; in the present case in Turkey and/or Syria. There was no effective remedy available in Greece by which to lodge their complaint, in breach of Article 13 of the Convention.

Re: Turkey: the detention of the family was in violation of Article 5 §§ 1, 2, and 4 ECHR. Furthermore, the  detention subjected them to inhuman and degrading treatment in breach of Article 3 of the Convention due to the dire living conditions in the detenion centre. In breach of Article 13 of the Concention, there was also no effective remedy available in Turkey by which to lodge their complaints.

You can read the application here.

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