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The Foreigner Updated: Parties demand asylum seekers’ return. Several of Norway’s political Parties are calling on the government to bow to a European Court of Human Rights ruling and retrieve its deported asylum seekers from Greece. “The verdict makes it clear Norway has violated human rights of those we have returned to the country,” Heikke Holmås MP, the Socialist Left Party’s (SV) immigration policy spokesman, tells NRK. Norway returned 260 asylum seekers to Greece last year under the Dublin II Convention. Refugees lack housing, food and clothing, and many of them live on the streets.

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Updated: Parties demand asylum seekers’ return

Published on Friday, 11th February, 2011 at 09:52 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan.
Last Updated on 11th February 2011 at 12:16.

Several of Norway’s political Parties are calling on the government to bow to a European Court of Human Rights ruling and retrieve its deported asylum seekers from Greece.



“The verdict makes it clear Norway has violated human rights of those we have returned to the country,” Heikke Holmås MP, the Socialist Left Party’s (SV) immigration policy spokesman, tells NRK.

Norway returned 260 asylum seekers to Greece last year under the Dublin II Convention. Refugees lack housing, food and clothing, and many of them live on the streets.

The Christian Democratic Party's (KrF) Geir Jørgen Bekkevold believes it possible Greek authorities ignore legal safeguards when processing asylum seekers’ cases, calling on Norway to fulfill its obligations.

“Strasbourg has been very critical regarding returns to Greece. Norwegian authorities should take on the responsibility and clean up after themselves,” he says.

Liberal Party (V) leader Trine Skei Grande believes “there’s nothing to stop the asylum seekers having their cases processed here.”

Norway stopped its refugee deportations last year after the Immigration Appeals Board (UNE) decided to follow calls by the court in Strasbourg.

Its verdict came just three weeks ago, and the UNE is now reviewing their cases, according to Pål Lønnseth, Deputy Minister (Statssekretær) at the Ministry of Justice.

He believes it is possible some asylum seekers have suffered human rights abuse in Greece.

“This probably applies to some, but it cannot be taken for granted this means everyone. It is important to look at when they were sent back, amongst other things. As late as autumn 2008, the same court ruled return was unproblematic.”

Heikki Holmås thinks authorities should go even further.

“Those who have been sent back deserve an apology and should automatically receive compensation,” he says.




Published on Friday, 11th February, 2011 at 09:52 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan.
Last updated on 11th February 2011 at 12:16.

This post has the following tags: europeancourtofhumanrights, dublinii, greekasylumseekers, heikkiholmaas, socialistleft, trineskeigrande, liberal, geirjoergenbekkevold, christiandemocrats, paalloenseth.





  
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