The highest administrative court in Finland has ruled against the deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker to Hungary in the light of asylum violations in the European country.
The Finnish court ruled against the decision as there is a risk of “inhuman and degrading treatment” in Hungary which is widely criticised for its policies against refugees.
Hours after the Supreme Administrative Court ruling was announced on Wednesday, the Finnish Immigration Service, the body that overlooks the asylum seeking process, suspended the return of the applicant to Hungary.
“It is not possible to reliably ensure that returning an asylum seeker to Hungary would not violate … [international treaties], which prohibit, among others, inhuman and degrading treatment,” the court said in its judgment.
The Finnish Immigration Service’s decision in 2014 not to look into the Afghan man’s application and deport him to Hungary was a breach of his rights, the court said.
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