To file your case at the ECHR, our legal team needs a few documents from you to support your claim. Which documents are required depends on your case. For example, if you have a serious disease that cannot be treated on the island, you need official medical documents that prove your condition and that state [...]
Filling in our form takes 5 – 10 minutes. If you belong to the group of people we are able to assist at the moment, our legal team will get in touch with you within a week. They will schedule a call with you which will take around one hour. Our legal team then needs [...]
No. The service of our legal team is free. All team members are volunteers. The costs of filing the request (telefax, mail etc.) are covered through external funding. The procedure at the Court is free of charge.
Our legal team that will assist you filing your complaint are not your lawyers. Most of our team members – while supervised by specialised migration lawyers – are not yet lawyers themselves, but experienced legal counsellors. They do not represent you legally in any procedure other than the one in front of the European Court [...]
Even if your complaint is successful, it is not guaranteed that you then get an “open card”. In some cases, the government does not follow the order of the Court and nothing about the living conditions of the applicant is changed. Also, even though the submission of an interim measure has helped other applicants, the [...]
No. The complaint does not have any impact on your asylum procedure. The European Court of Human Rights is an institution that is completely separate from the Greek asylum authorities. Therefore, the Court’s decision will not be communicated with the asylum authorities. That means that a negative decision by this Court regarding your living conditions [...]
In general, every person who believes that his or her rights under the European Convention of Human Rights are being violated can submit an urgent complaint. This violation must be still ongoing at the moment of the urgent complaint. In addition, there must be a “real risk of irreparable harm”, which can be of physical, [...]
Requesting interim measures is an emergency procedure. We request that the Court order the Greek government to urgently improve your living conditions. We will get a decision by the Court within a few days after submitting it. This decision (if successful) will only order the Government “to guarantee to the applicant living conditions compatible with [...]
Interim measures are urgent measures which apply only where there is an imminent risk of irreparable harm. It enables the applicants to temporarily secure their rights in an accelerated procedure. Such measures are decided in connection with proceedings before the Court without prejudging the case in question.
The European Court of Human Rights is an international court set up in 1959. It rules on individual or state applications claiming violations of the human rights set out in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).