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The ECtHR adopted an inadmissibility decision in a case concerning a Dublin transfer from Switzerland to Italy of a family, including members with medical condition.

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Dublin Regulation III (Regulation (EU) No 604/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 establishing the criteria and mechanisms for determining the Member State responsible for examining an application for IP); European Convention on Human Rights;
Council of Europe, European Court of Human Rights [ECtHR], H and others (Central African Republic) v Switzerland, Application no 67981/16, ECLI:CE:ECHR:2018:0515DEC006798116, 15 May 2018. Link redirects to the English summary in the EUAA Case Law Database.
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On 7 June 2018, the ECtHR declared the case H and others v. Switzerland (application no. 67981/16) inadmissible. The case concerned the Dublin transfer of a family from Switzerland to Italy. The four members of the family from the Central African Republic, of which the mother and a new born were under HIV-related medical treatment in Switzerland, appealed against the decision and the Federal Administrative Court rejected the applicants’ appeal on the grounds that Italy had provided assurances that the applicants would be placed in one of the family units in a SPRAR reception centre, that the mother’s health was sufficiently stable and the new born no longer required antiviral medication. The ECtHR found that there were no indications that the Italian authorities would fail to honour their assurance and that they had confirmed the availability of the necessary medical treatment. The Court took notice of a report by the Swiss and Danish Refugee Councils, but highlighted that the six cases reported (in which the assurances by Italian authorities were not complied with in practice) could not suggest that their assurances were per se unreliable

Country of Decision
Council of Europe
Court Name
CoE: European Court of Human Rights [ECtHR]
Case Number
Application no 67981/16
Date of Decision
Country of Origin
Central African Republic
Dublin procedure
Medical condition
Minor / Best interests of the child
Vulnerable Group