POSTS BY Marie-Laure Basilien-Gainche

Ask the Dust

Last week, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) condemned France for violating Article 3 of the Convention, by reducing asylum seekers to destitution in such an intensity that it constitutes a degrading treatment. It asserts that the French authorities failed to fulfill their obligations under national law against three of the plaintiffs. According to the Court, the national authorities must be held responsible for the conditions in which they left the asylum seekers, who lived for months on the street, without any resources, without any access to sanitary facilities, without any means of providing for their basic needs and in the constant anguish of being attacked and robbed

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Children of Men. Comments on the ECtHR’s Judgment in Khan v. France

The Jamil Khan case illustrates the lack of care unaccompanied foreign minors face in France. As the département of Pas-de-Calais did not do everything they could and should have done to comply with their positive care obligation, the judges of the Strasbourg Court concluded unanimously that France had violated Article 3 of the European Convention of Human Rights.

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