Refugees are penned in by riot police during a protest against living conditions at the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos [Giorgos Moutafis/Reuters]

Athens, Greece – A recent decision by the European Ombudsman that found “serious errors” with an Algerian man’s asylum denial has highlighted broader issues in Europe’s asylum practices.

Human rights organisations in Greece have told Al Jazeera that the case referred to the ombudsman was only one part of broader systemic flaws and a deliberately restrictive application of asylum law.

Mr X – as he was identified in the EO correspondence – was deported to Algeria after being interviewed by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) on the Greek island of Leros in January 2018. His homosexuality is illegal in

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