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Netherlands: Non-refoulement principle challenged before European Court

In a joint intervention before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the Governments of UK, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal and Slovakia have urged the Court to reconsider an earlier ruling (Chahal case), which affirmed the obligation of states not to transfer persons to countries where they risk torture. In this case of Ramzy v. the Netherlands, Mohammed Ramzy is suspected of involvement in an Islamic extremist group in the Netherlands and faces deportation to Algeria. Several human rights NGOs have intervened before the Court to uphold the principle of non-refoulement.

Govts’ Intervention NGO Amicus Brief Justice Amicus Brief