M.A. and Others v. Lithuania
The applicants in the case are husband (“M.A.”), his wife and their underage children. All of them are Russian nationals of Chechen origin.
The case concerns repeated refusals to accept the application for asylum at the Lithuanian border and the applicants’ subsequent expulsion to Belarus.
Circumstances of the case
In 2017, M.A. was tortured by the Chechen police. The applicants therefore decided to seek asylum in the European Union.
The family first went to Brest, Belarus. From Brest the complainants repeatedly tried to enter Poland and apply for asylum there. These attempts were unsuccessful: Polish border guards ignored their applications for asylum and returned the applicants to Belarus. These facts were considered in a separate application by the European Court of Human Rights, which also found violations of the applicants’ rights (see M.A. and Others v. Poland). Our lawyer represented the family in that case as well.
In April-May 2017, the applicants tried to enter Lithuania three times. Each time they made it clear to the Lithuanian border guards orally or in writing that they wished to apply for asylum. Despite this, the applicants' applications were not accepted and they were denied entry. Thereafter they were expelled to Belarus.