J.R. and Others (Afghanistan) v Greece
ECHR: Detention in Vial not in violation of ECHR
The case concerned the conditions in which three Afghan nationals were held in the Vial reception centre, on the Greek island of Chios, and the circumstances of their detention. The Court found in particular that the applicants had been deprived of their liberty for their first month in the centre, until 21 April 2016 when it became a semi-open centre. The Court was nevertheless of the view that the one-month period of detention, whose aim had been to guarantee the possibility of removing the applicants under the EU-Turkey Statement, was not arbitrary and could not be regarded as “unlawful” within the meaning of Article 5 § 1 (f). However, the applicants had not been appropriately informed about the reasons for their arrest or the remedies available in order to challenge that detention. As to the conditions of detention in the centre, the Court noted the emergency situation facing the Greek authorities after significant numbers of migrants had arrived and the ensuing material difficulties. It observed that several NGOs had visited the centre and had partly confirmed the applicants’ allegations, but found that the conditions were not severe enough for their detention to be characterized as inhuman or degrading treatment had not been reached.
Detention/ Alternatives to Detention; Reception/Accommodation;
Council of Europe, European Court of Human Rights [ECHR], J.R. and Others (Afghanistan) v Greece, Application no. 22696/16, ECLI:CE:ECHR:2018:0125JUD002269616, 25 January 2018. Link redirects to the English summary in the EASO Case Law Database.