Today, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights The ECtHR is an international judicial organ based in Strasbourg; it rules on complaints alleging violations of the European Convention on Human Rights by the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe. Rulings of the Grand Chamber of the Court are delivered by 17 judges of the Court. The Grand Chamber’s rulings are final upon delivery. Under Article 46, the final judgments of the Court are binding on the state(s) that is (are) party(ies) to the case. (ECtHR), by a majority, ruled in the case of M.S.S. v. Belgium and Greece (application no. 30696/09) that Belgium and Greece had each violated the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR).
Amnesty International considers that today’s landmark ruling will have a lasting impact by enhancing the protection of human rights of asylum-seekers in the European Union (EU).