In a landmark decision, the Upper Tribunal has accepted that there is a real risk that detention and imprisonment conditions in Ukraine will breach Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Mark Symes of Garden Court Chambers’ Immigration Team represented both appellants in the Upper Tribunal.
Based on a close analysis of the latest Strasbourg decisions governing the circumstances in which prison conditions will amount to inhuman and degrading treatment, the Upper Tribunal accepted that there is a real risk that detention and imprisonment conditions in Ukraine will breach Article 3 ECHR.
The Upper Tribunal also accepted that convicted criminals, including persons who evaded military service and were sentenced in absentia, face a real risk of detention upon their return to Ukraine.
For more information, the full judgment is available: VB & Anor (draft evaders and prison conditions : Ukraine) (CG)  UKUT 79 (IAC) (6 March 2017)