Study by Prof. Maiani on family unity in Dublin Regulation proceedings now available in French, German and Italian.

The Protection of Family Unity in Dublin Procedures: Towards a Protection-Oriented Implementation Practice, CSDM October 2019, discusses the protection of family unity in proceedings arising under the Dublin III Regulation against the backdrop of the Swiss authorities’ practice. The analysis is relevant to any national administration applying the regulation and provides important guidance for European legal practitioners representing asylum seekers.

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Z.M., Z.T., T.T. et S.T. c. Suisse, Communication n° 101/2019 (Dublin/Autriche)

L’affaire concerne trois enfants accompagnés par leur mère. Tous présentent des problèmes médicaux sérieux (PTSD), provoqués par une situation de violence domestique ainsi que les déracinements répétés au long de leur parcours migratoire. Leur renvoi vers l’Autriche en application du règlement Dublin est contre-indiqué pour des raisons médicales (re-traumatisation et risque de suicide). Les requérants contestent leur expulsion devant le Comité pour les droits des enfants de l’ONU faisant valoir que les autorités suisses ont omis d’accorder une importance suffisante à leur intérêt supérieur notamment en écartant les expertises médicales (Art. 3 CDE). Aussi, ils allèguent que leur expulsion constitue une ingérence disproportionnée à leur vie privée et familiale (Art. 16 CDE) et une violation à leur droit à la réadaptation (Art. 39 CDE). La plainte est actuellement en cours et le Comité a accordé l’effet suspensif.

A.N. v. Switzerland, Communication 742/2016

CSDM obtains a landmark victory for torture victims worldwide: the right to rehabilitation under Article 14 of the United Nations Convention against Torture imposes limitations on a state’s power to expel torture survivors who would face interruption of medical treatment in the country of destination. The Convention against Torture is one of the most widely ratified human rights treaties and has 164 State parties (as of June 2018). 

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The story of Mr. J.D. throws a dark shadow over Switzerland’s humanitarian tradition.

J.D. v. Switzerland, Communication no. 700/2015   

Our client, a Syrian national and torture survivor, is stuck in legal limbo. He is waiting for the outcome of the Dublin Regulation procedure that Switzerland launched almost 4 years ago to have him deported to Italy. And while Switzerland fights tooth-and-nail to keep him out, no one has yet heard his story, or even asked him why he left his country.

Mr. J.D. was imprisoned in Syria for 5 years. During his detention, he was regularly tortured and forced to witness the ill-treatment and summary execution of fellow prisoners. In 2012 the prison was bombed by an armed opposition group and he escaped with hundreds of other detainees.

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