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The case concerns an Albanian national who had applied for asylum on the basis of a blood feud between his family and another following the death of the latter’s son.
M.S.S v Belgium and Greece
The facts of the case relate to an Iranian national who notwithstanding the lodging of an asylum application had been detained at both Feres and Soufli border posts following an order of expulsion and an assessment that he risked absconding in 2010.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that the detention of an unaccompanied child at Feres and Soufli border post for over five months constituted inhumane treatment as well as a violation of the right to liberty and the right to an effective remedy.
Investigating detention conditions in Cyprus, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) delegation has found that unaccompanied children are being detained in Cyprus as a punitive measure to force them to “voluntarily” return to their country of origin.
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