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European Court of Justice states situations in which an asylum seeker may be detained

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European Court of Justice has ruled that the EU law allows an asylum seeker to be detained to protect national security or public order.

The Court made the ruling following a request by the Dutch Council of State in a case concerning the situations in which an asylum seeker may be detained.

handcuffAccording to the Court, “the detention measure, for which the Reception Conditions Directive provides, genuinely meets an objective of general interest recognised by the EU.”

The Court “points out that the protection of national security and public order also contributes to the protection of the rights and freedoms of others. The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU states in that regard that everyone has the right, not only to liberty, but also to security of person.”

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