Top EU Court Says Torture Victims May Have Right to Asylum

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on 24 April ruled that the European Convention on Human Rights affords protection if an asylum seeker with severe effects from past torture would be "significantly and irreversibly worsened" by the lack of treatment in their country of origin. The decision is in response to a question from Britain's Supreme Court, which is considering the case of a Sri Lankan who says he was tortured there when he was a rebel. The UK court had asked the CJEU to rule on the scope of a 2004 directive on minimum protection standards for third-country nationals.