Syrian asylum seekers successfully appeal UK convictions – BBC News

‘Two Syrian asylum seekers who were jailed for arriving in the UK without passports, have successfully appealed against their convictions.’

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BBC News, 7th May 2015

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UK rule change dilemma for Eritreans – BBC News

Posted April 24th, 2015 in asylum, immigration, news, refugees by sally

‘The number of Eritrean refugees arriving in the UK doubled last year to become the highest total from any single country. But could new Home Office guidance mean many others are refused asylum?’

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BBC News, 24th April 2015

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Judge blocks deportation flight for rejected Afghan asylum-seekers – The Guardian

Posted April 23rd, 2015 in appeals, asylum, children, deportation, news by sally

‘A charter flight which was due to depart on Tuesday night with dozens of Afghan asylum-seekers facing removal from Britain has been cancelled on the orders of an appeal court judge.’

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The Guardian, 22nd April 2015

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Home Office ordered to bring back migrant mother and five-year-old son deported to Nigeria – The Independent

‘The Home Office has been ordered to arrange for a deported migrant family to be returned to Britain from Nigeria – in a landmark ruling that threatens to undermine the Government’s “deport first, appeal later” policy.

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The Independent, 22nd April 2015

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The Round-up: Black Spiders and Superhero Jurisdictions – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 10th, 2015 in asylum, citizenship, homosexuality, immigration, mental health, news by tracey

‘Hannah Lynes brings us the latest edition of the Human Rights Round-up.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th April 2015

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Nigerian gay rights activist has her High Court asylum bid rejected – because judge doesn’t believe she is lesbian – The Independent

‘A Nigerian gays right activist who fears imprisonment and death because of her sexuality has had her case for asylum rejected by the High Court – after a judge ruled that she was pretending to be lesbian.

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The Independent, 3rd April 2015

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R (on the application of Jamar Brown (Jamaica) (Respondent) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Appellant) – Supreme Court

R (on the application of Jamar Brown (Jamaica) (Respondent) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Appellant) [2015] UKSC 8 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 4th March 2015

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Backdating welfare benefits payments to those recognised as refugees in the UK – Free Movement

Posted March 12th, 2015 in appeals, asylum, benefits, news, refugees, social security, tribunals by sally

‘In Blakesley v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2015] EWCA Civ 141 the Court of Appeal considered whether the UK Government is in breach of its international obligations towards refugees because of the lack of any provision to make back-payments of welfare benefits to those asylum seekers who, upon inquiry, are found to be refugees.’

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Free Movement, 12th March 2015

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Home Office asserts Jamaica safe in general despite persecution of LGBT community – Free Movement

‘The Supreme Court last week rejected the Home Office’s attempt to keep Jamaica on the list of safe countries for asylum claims despite an estimated 10% of the population in Jamaica being subject to persecution because they are gay. This blow to the Home Office came the same week that the case of Aderonke Apata reached court again, leading to some startling submissions on sexuality being made to the court on behalf of the Home Office.’

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Free Movement, 11th March 2015

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Legal aid, young people and the review that never happened – LegalVoice

‘The Ministry of Justice has in the last few weeks quietly backed down on the promise of a full review on the effects of legal aid cuts on children and young people.’

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LegalVoice, 10th March 2015

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Visitor appeal succeeds on human rights grounds – Free Movement

Posted March 11th, 2015 in appeals, asylum, human rights, immigration, married persons, news, tribunals by tracey

‘In a very welcome determination that comes a mere two years after the abolition of full rights of appeal for visitors but in the middle of the scything of full rights of appeal for everyone else, President McCloskey has turned his attention to the question of the relevance of compliance with the Immigration Rules to a human rights appeal. The answer is that where a person meets the terms of the Immigration Rules, their appeal will normally fall to be allowed on human rights grounds, assuming that human rights are engaged in some way in the first place.’

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Free Movement, 10th March 2015

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Changes to asylum process and procedure – Free Movement

Posted March 9th, 2015 in asylum, codes of practice, immigration, news by tracey

‘The circumstances in which an asylum claim may be treated as abandoned by an applicant have been extended with effect from 27 February 2015.’

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Free Movement, 5th March 2015

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Speech by Mr Justice Hickinbottom: Administrative Court in Wales – Evolution or Revolution – Judiciary of England and Wales

‘The Hon Mr Justice Hickinbottom gave a speech at The First Administrative Court in Wales Lecture on “Administrative Court in Wales – Evolution or Revolution” on 20 February 2014.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 6th March 2015

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Blakesley v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – WLR Daily

Blakesley v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2015] EWCA Civ 141; [2015] WLR (D) 96

‘The Government was not obliged to make lump sum payments to successful applicants for asylum representing the difference between the support they received while their application was being processed and mainstream benefits.’

WLR Daily, 26th February 2015

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‘What crime have I committed to be held like this?’: inside Yarl’s Wood – The Guardian

Posted March 4th, 2015 in asylum, attempts, detention, elderly, immigration, inquiries, news, refugees, suicide, women by sally

‘Migrants and asylum seekers can be locked up at the high-security detention centre indefinitely. Reports of abuse, self-harm and suicide are rife. Now MPs are calling for an end to the ‘expensive, ineffective and unjust’ system. In a rare report, inmates describe their misery.’

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2015

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Regina (Mohammed) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

Posted January 14th, 2015 in asylum, detention, EC law, immigration, law reports by tracey

Regina (Mohammed) v Secretary of State for the Home Department; [2014] EWHC 4317 (Admin); [2015] WLR (D) 4

‘Where the Secretary of State for the Home Department had detained a person because she had innocently suspected that they should be returned to a third country under the principles in Council Regulation (EC) No 343/2003 (“the Dublin II Regulation”), but subsequent case law demonstrated that liability to Dublin II return did not arise, then that detention was unlawful.’

WLR Daily, 19th December 2014

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Female detainees at Yarl’s Wood routinely humiliated, claims report – The Guardian

‘Women detained in the Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre are routinely humiliated by male staff who monitor them while they are dressing, showering and using the toilet, or are naked in their rooms, a report into the treatment of female asylum seekers reveals. The report, by the charity Women for Refugee Women, noted that many female asylum seekers detained at Yarl’s Wood, in Bedfordshire, have been victims of sexual violence in their home countries.’

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The Guardian, 14th January 2015

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Detention: the black hole at the heart of British justice – The Independent

Posted January 8th, 2015 in asylum, bills, detention, immigration, news, time limits by sally

‘It has been described as the “black hole at the heart of British justice”. Thousands of people, most of whom have been convicted of no crime, detained for as long as government officials wish.’

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The Independent, 6th January 2015

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Unwanted anonymity and gagging orders – Free Movement

Posted December 17th, 2014 in anonymity, asylum, children, immigration, news, privacy, tribunals by sally

‘I’ve now come across two cases in which judges of the First-tier Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber have imposed unwanted anonymity orders on parties without any application or notice. One case is reported here and the other can’t be reported because of, well, the anonymity order. In both cases there was media interest beforehand and the orders acts as a gagging orders, preventing the parties from discussing their case with the media, even though the cases and the identities of the appellants had already been reported. In one of the cases the appellant had a child and that provided the reason or pretext for imposing anonymity. In the other unreported case children are named in the determination but are entirely tangental to the case and could easily have not been named.’

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Free Movement, 17th December 2014

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European court: asking asylum seekers to prove sexuality is breach of human rights – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 3rd, 2014 in asylum, EC law, homosexuality, human rights, news, proof by sally

‘European Court of Justice rules accepting video evidence in asylum cases that hinge on sexuality is a breach of human rights.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd December 2014

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