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European Court of Human Rights strikes out another gay asylum application

The Fifth Section of the European Court of Human Rights has struck out the application made by a gay asylum seeker resisting deportation from France to Cameroon, where same-sex sexual acts are a criminal offence.

The applicant, Mr M.T., is a Cameroonian national who was reported to the police by his family in Cameroon for having a same-sex relationship and then driven from the family home. The applicant travelled to France where he was placed in administrative detention and ordered to leave the country without delay.

The French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons rejected Mr M.T.'s application for refugee status. Mr M.T. complained to the European Court of Human Rights which, under Rule 39 of the Rules of Court, ordered the French authorities not to send Mr M.T. back to Cameroon while it examined the case.

Complaint the Court

Relying on Article 3 of the Convention, Mr. M.T. complained that he would be exposed to a risk of ill-treatment in the event of his r…

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