European Court ruling condemns automatic and indiscriminate returns from Italy to Greece

Index Number: EUR 05/008/2014

On 21 October 2014, the European Court of Human Rights released its Chamber judgment in the case of Sharifi and Others v. Italy and Greece (application no. 16643/09). The ruling emphasizes that European Union (EU) member states cannot ignore or circumvent their obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights when implementing EU law or bilateral agreements aimed at returning asylum-seekers to another EU country.

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