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UCL PILPBP contributes legal expertise to ECHR case concerning living conditions for asylum seekers

16 December 2021

The UCL Public International Law Pro Bono Project contributed legal expertise to the written observations submitted in a European Court of Human Rights case on asylum, healthcare and Article 3 ECHR.

Tents in an outdoor refugee camp in Lesvos, Greece, with trees in the background

The applicants are claiming that inadequate and poor living conditions combined with the lack of access to necessary medical care constitute a violation of the prohibition of inhumane and degrading treatment under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

In A.R. v. Greece and 7 other applications (No. 59841/19 et al.), the European Court of Human Rights grouped together a total of eight applications, all concerning the living conditions of asylum seekers with severe health problems in the Reception and Identification Centres (R.I.C., commonly referred to as “hotspots”) on the Greek islands of Kos, Lesvos, Samos and Chios.

Two cases dealing with the situation in the Samos “hotspot” are represented by the lawyers Jenny Fleischer (Berlin) and Yiota Masouridou (Athens) in cooperation with the Refugee Law Clinic Berlin. The proceedings are supported by PRO ASYL Support association and the UCL Public International Law Pro Bono Project at UCL Laws.

Read more about the case on the Refugee Law Clinic Berlin website.

Image credit: ‘Refugee Camp - Lesvos, Greece’ by babasteve is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.