This research explores how Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary and Italy undermine the right to liberty of asylum seekers upon entry. Besides thoroughly documenting the worrisome trend towards de facto detention, it provides EU organs with the necessary knowledge to tackle attempts at weakening the fundamental rights of a group of people seeking refuge in Europe as a result of violence and turmoil in their home countries.
The aim of the project is to decrease the use of unlawful and unnecessary detention of asylum seekers in four countries in Europe: Hungary, Bulgaria, Greece and Italy. The project studies where the red line is drawn between detention and reception in these four countries, and advocates for clarifying these practices according to the international legal standards.
The Hungarian Helsinki Committee implemented the ACESO project between April 2015 and May 2017. Together with the Cordelia Foundation, the Croatian Law Centre, the Foundation for Access to Rights, the Assistance Centre for Torture Survivors and the Greek Council for Refugees, the consortium provided complex legal and rehabilitation services to hundreds of victims of torture in Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia and Greece.
The right to a nationality at birth (or soon after) is still painfully often seen as a reserved domain of state sovereignty and discretion, an approach which is incorrect in light of relevant international obligations.
The Hungarian Helsinki Committee's unique report is the first that solely focuses on the situation of asylum seeking children in Hungary. From the moment of lodging an asylum application to the final stages of the asylum procedure and the early stages of integration, the report explains the legal and institutional context in which asylum seeking children, including unaccompanied children live their everyday lives.
The Refugee Law Reader is a comprehensive on-line model curriculum for the study of the complex and rapidly evolving field of international refugee law. The Reader provides sections on international and regional frameworks of refugee law, covering Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. The Reader is aimed for the use of professors, lawyers, advocates, and students across a wide range of national jurisdictions.