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Lithuania’s highest court strikes down law that limited the movement of asylum seekers

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The Constitutional Court docket of the Republic of Lithuania declared the provisions of the Law on the Legal Status of Foreigners handed in 2021 unconstitutional on Wednesday. In accordance with provision 1408(3), asylum seekers had been obliged to be accommodated in designated locations with out being granted the appropriate to maneuver freely inside the territory of the Republic of Lithuania. The length of such lodging may very well be as much as six months. Legislators enacted the availability to cease migrants crossing the border into EU member states.

Within the resolution, the choose discovered that this provision was opposite to Article 20 of the Structure, which supplies the inviolability of the liberty of the enshrined individual. The court docket acknowledged that “an individual’s freedom isn’t absolute and will be restricted when crucial” whereas additionally stressing that this sort of restriction have to be carried out inside sure limits. The grounds and circumstances for such restrictions have to be clearly and comprehensively set out within the legislation, and “the measures limiting an individual’s liberty should in all instances be certain that they’re suitable with respect for human dignity.”

Whereas announcing the decision, the presiding choose said that legislators had restricted “the appropriate to freedom greater than was crucial.” Nonetheless, the petitioners held that they had been meant to make sure public order to guard the state border.

Lithuania’s migrant inhabitants has been steadily growing. In 2021, over 4,000 migrants, which had been predominantly Iraqi residents, entered the Baltic Republic.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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