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Invitation / 26 September 2018: ECtHR hearing on Spain's push-backs at the EU external borders

N.D. and N.T. versus Spain - A groundbreaking case on refugee and migrant rights

The hearing will start at 9:15am. You are cordially invited to a press briefing after the hearing.
26 September 2018
at 12:30pm

Hotel de l’Orangerie,
58 Allee de la Robertsau, Strasbourg, 67000

Wolfgang Kaleck, General Secretary of ECCHR
Gonzalo Boye, lawyer representing the complainants

Strasbourg/Berlin/Madrid, 17 September 2018 –
A case that could set an important precedent: On 26 September 2018, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) will hear a key case on the unlawful push-backs at the Spanish-Moroccan border. In October 2017, the ECtHR had ruled that Spain’s practice of automatic expulsions violate the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

The judgment came in response to complaints against Spain from N.D. and N.T. from Mali and the Ivory Coast, seeking to enforce their fundamental right to have rights. In August 2014, N.D. and N.T. were directly pushed back to Morocco after they had crossed the border fence structure at Melilla – without access to any legal procedures or protection. On the initiative and with the expertise of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), the two submitted individual complaints to the ECtHR in February 2015. They are represented by ECCHR partner lawyers Carsten Gericke (Hamburg) and Gonzalo Boye (Madrid).

In other ECtHR proceedings, ECCHR is supporting refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan in their complaints against brutal push-backs near the Idomeni camp on the Macedonian-Greek border.



ND and NT v. Spain


ND and NT crossed the border fence structure in Melilla and entered Spain in August 2014. The Spanish Guardia Civil apprehended them, along with approximately 70 other individuals from sub-Saharan Africa who also had climbed the fences. They were immediately “pushed back” to Morocco – without access to any legal procedures or protection.

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