Refugees can’t be repatriated – EU court

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Even if refugee status removed or nor formally granted.

Rome, May 14 – The European Court of Justice said Tuesday that it has ruled that EU member States cannot repatriate people who have a well-founded fear of torture or other forms of inhumane treatment in their country of origin even if they have not been formally granted refugee status or their refugee status has been revoked.

The court said that stance applied to the cases of an Ivorian national, a Congolese national and an individual of Chechen origin in Belgium and the Czech Republic.

It said this position held true even if in the case of persons representing a danger either to the security of the host Member State or, having been convicted of a particularly serious crime, to the community of that State.