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Parliamentary question - E-004494/2021Parliamentary question

Interim measures with respect to the situation of asylum-seekers in Poland, Latvia and Lithuania

Question for written answer  E-004494/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Tineke Strik (Verts/ALE), Damian Boeselager (Verts/ALE), Saskia Bricmont (Verts/ALE), Damien Carême (Verts/ALE), Alice Kuhnke (Verts/ALE), Erik Marquardt (Verts/ALE), Terry Reintke (Verts/ALE), Sylwia Spurek (Verts/ALE)

Following a number of legislative changes in Poland, Latvia and Lithuania, security forces have reportedly prevented dozens of asylum seekers at the EU border with Belarus from entering these countries and making asylum claims, which has led to multiple deaths. On 8 September, the European Court of Human Rights issued an interim ruling to require that Lithuania refrain from returning five Afghan asylum seekers to Belarus. This ruling, according to Reuters, was violated on 9 September. On 27 September, the European Court of Human Rights expanded its previous interim orders by requiring Poland and Latvia to provide affected individuals with food, care, shelter and access to lawyers.

Last updated: 11 October 2021
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