1) Sergei, international protection seeker from Belarus – pre-emptive measure taken by the European Court for Human Rights:
OPU has been contacted by UNHCR and JUDr. Špelda, legal representative of Sergei from Belarus. Sergei was supposed to be extradited to Belarus. Due to his political activities, he feared being arrested, imprisoned and tortured, and therefore filed international protection appeal in the Czech Republic. OPU took the matter on to the European Court for Human Rights, requesting immediate pre-emptive measure forbidding the Czech authorities to extradite Sergei. The measure was issued within a few hours time. In the following days, Sergei was granted presidential pardon in the matter, upon the request of Sergei’s lawyer.
See the media coverage (in Czech):
Bělorus našel zastání ve Štrasburku, Lidové noviny 27.7.2010
Bělorus a chápavý prezident, lidovky cz 31.10.2010
Nekonečný příběh Sergeie N., Respekt č.45, 8-14.11.2010
2) NN., international protection seekers, Congo – humanitarian transportation to another member state
NN. was being held by the police in her home country of Congo; she was repeatedly raped during her arrest. When she got to the Reception Centre for International Protection Seekers at the Prague Airport (closed centre without the possibility to leave the premises), NN. was in an extremely poor mental condition. With help of the Detention Centre Administration of the Ministry of the Interior, OPU’s legal department managed to provide her regular psychological assistance and to speed up the process of transporting NN. into an open asylum centre. OPU further managed to contact her husband who had in the meanwhile filed asylum application in another EU member state. In cooperation with the related department of the Interior Ministry (Dublin Procedure Dept.) and one of non-governmental organizations from another EU member state, OPU eventually achieved NN’s case be moved to the EU member state currently examining her husband’s case, in order to speed up the agenda due to humanitarian causes.
A Somali boy´s success
Ahmad comes from Somalia. He left his country because of the long-standing civil war. As a sixteen-year-old boy he came to the Czech Republic.
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