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Information Note on the Arbitrariness regarding Access to the Asylum Procedure in Bulgaria

The Legal Clinic for Refugees and Immigrant publishes the Information Note prepared by Dr.Valeria Ilareva on case-law in Bulgaria in 2011 that documented some typical unlawful administrative practices in hindering access to the asylum system. Download the Information Note

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January 3, 2012 at 12:12 am 2 comments

Said Kadzoev and immigrants in the EU mark a victory with today’s judgment in Luxembourg

30.11.2009 – The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has issued its judgment in Case C-357/09 PPU on the first reference for a preliminary ruling on the EC Return Directive . The reference was made by a Bulgarian court in the national case reviewing Said Kadzoev’s  prolonged detention. An asylum-seeker who is a torture survivor, Said Kadzoev has been in immigration detention in Bulgaria since October 2006 to date. The Legal Clinic for Refugees and Immigrants has been providing free legal aid to Said since January 2007 and has given publicity to the human rights violations in his case, including unlimited solitary confinement in the Busmanci detention centre.

The interpretation of the EC Return Directive proposed by the Bulgarian judge would have led to an extension of the 18-months limited period of detention pending removal and introduction of exceptions to the time limit. Fortunately, the European Court of Justice affirmed the right to liberty of third country nationals in the European Union and ruled a judgment which application shall lead to Said Kadzoev’s immediate release from detention.

The Sofia Echo, European Court orders Bousmantsi detainee’s release, 02 December 2009

December 1, 2009 at 12:57 am

European Voluntary Service

The Legal Clinic for Refugees and Immigrants is pleased to announce that it has become an accredited organization and is thus entitled to apply for projects under Action 2 – European Voluntary Service of the Youth in Action programme. Our accredidation reference number is 2009-BG-16.
For the short period since being awarded our accreditation we have received a big number of potential volunteers’ queries from all over Europe. We are glad and encouraged to see that our mission and ideas provoke such an enthusiastic response.
We are preparing a couple of projects to be submitted by the 1st of February 2010 deadline. This means that our first EVS volunteers could arrive in Sofia, Bulgaria, on the 1st of May 2010.
The LCRI team is looking forward to working with them.

December 1, 2009 at 12:56 am


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