Submission by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the case of Alizada v. Armenia (application no. 2439/18) before the European Court of Human Rights

Submission by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the case of Alizada v. Armenia (application no. 2439/18) before the European Court of Human Rights

Comments:
In this submission, UNHCR outlines the domestic legislative framework and practice applicable to asylum-seekers apprehended and subsequently prosecuted after irregularly crossing the Armenian border (Part 2), and provides UNHCR’s interpretation of the relevant principles of international refugee and human rights law to assist the Court (Part 3) in addressing the question of whether the penal conviction under review was compatible with the requirements of Article 7 of the European Convention on Human Rights (no punishment without law) and in particular, the “foreseeability” requirement. UNHCR does not address the facts or the merits of the case.