The European Court of Human Rights is a regional judicial body situated in Strasbourg, France. It began operating in 1959 and since then, the Court is responsible for the preservation of human rights and fundamental freedoms guaranteed in the European Convention on Human Rights.

M.N. and Others v. Belgium

M.N. and Others v. Belgium is an interesting pending case before the European Court of Human Rights that deals with the dilemma of refugee law.

The applicants, M.N., B.H, O.N., and T.N, a married couple and their two children, are Syrian nationals who live together in the city of Aleppo. Their home has been destroyed in the combats between rebels and regime forces during the destructive Syrian Civil War. The family decided to apply for humanitarian visas in Belgium with the plan to seek for asylum in this country of destination, but things did not evolve the way the family had wished: their visa requests have been denied by the Belgian Aliens Office and the final judiciary instance, namely the Court of Appeals decided that no penalties were due for the non-compliance with the order to accept the family’s application.

During the evaluation of the case, the European Court of Human Rights will have to answer multiple questions and consider possible violations of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Under Secretary-General: Buğra ZAİMOĞLU