Shelter to challenge Home Office plan to uproot Afghan refugees – The Guardian

‘Home Office plans to uproot Afghan refugees from a London hotel and move them hundreds of miles from their children’s schools could result in a court battle, a lawyer has warned.’

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The Guardian, 7th February 2023

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Afghan refugees made to move school take UK to court – BBC News

‘A group of Afghan families brought to London after the Taliban took power are taking the government to court because a subsequent move north meant their children had to leave a local school during their GCSE studies.’

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BBC News, 22nd January 2023

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Afghan family in hiding wins waiver on biometric tests for UK visas – The Guardian

Posted October 7th, 2022 in Afghanistan, asylum, families, government departments, immigration, news, visas by tracey

‘The home secretary has waived a blanket requirement for Afghans applying to join British family members in the UK to do biometric tests, after a high court challenge.’

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The Guardian, 6th October 2022

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SAS killings: Ministry of Defence proposes judge-led review – BBC News

Posted July 28th, 2022 in Afghanistan, armed forces, news, police, reports, unlawful killing by sally

‘The Ministry of Defence has proposed an independent review of how it handled allegations that the SAS executed unarmed civilians in Afghanistan.’

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BBC News, 27th July 2022

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SAS reports reveal troubling pattern of suspicious deaths in Afghanistan – BBC News

Posted July 12th, 2022 in Afghanistan, armed forces, BBC, detention, news, unlawful killing by tracey

‘SAS operatives in Afghanistan repeatedly killed detainees and unarmed men in suspicious circumstances, according to a BBC investigation.’

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BBC News, 12th July 2022

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Soldiers win legal battle to rescue Afghan interpreter – BBC News

‘A group of former British soldiers have won a legal battle to bring their Afghan interpreter to the UK.’

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BBC News, 5th June 2022

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Plight of Afghan judges in spotlight as court hears UK asylum challenge – The Guardian

Posted May 17th, 2022 in Afghanistan, asylum, judicial review, judiciary, news by sally

‘Alleged inconsistencies in the way the UK Home Office and Foreign Office process asylum applications from vulnerable judges in hiding in Afghanistan are being challenged at the high court in London on Tuesday.’

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The Guardian, 17th May 2022

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High court hears case of Afghan family unable to get to UK without biometrics – The Guardian

Posted March 31st, 2022 in Afghanistan, asylum, news, visas by sally

‘A family in hiding in Afghanistan who are eligible for sanctuary in the UK but are unable to escape because they can’t get biometrics done in their home country have taken their case to the high court.’

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The Guardian, 30th March 2022

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Home Office tells Afghan and Yemeni asylum seekers they can return safely – The Guardian

Posted January 13th, 2022 in Afghanistan, asylum, government departments, news by tracey

‘The Home Office has told asylum seekers from some of the world’s biggest conflict zones that it is safe for them to return there, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2022

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New scheme aims to resettle 20,000 Afghans in UK – BBC News

Posted January 7th, 2022 in Afghanistan, asylum, government departments, immigration, news, refugees by tracey

‘The government has launched a new scheme to help 20,000 Afghans fleeing their country to resettle in the UK.’

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BBC News, 6th January 2022

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‘I don’t think I’d be as brave as female Afghan judges’ – BBC News

Posted October 6th, 2021 in Afghanistan, judges, news, women by sally

‘UK High Court judge Mrs Justice McGowan says she personally wouldn’t be “brave enough” to have become a female judge in Afghanistan.’

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BBC News, 5th October 2021

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Afghanistan: Second email data breach by MoD uncovered – BBC News

Posted September 23rd, 2021 in Afghanistan, data protection, defence, electronic mail, government departments, news by tracey

‘A second data breach by the Ministry of Defence, potentially compromising the safety of Afghans who may be eligible to relocate to the UK, has been uncovered by the BBC.’

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BBC News, 23rd September 2021

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QC calls on UK to support female judges at risk in Afghanistan – The Guardian

‘Helena Kennedy QC has launched an urgent appeal to provide support to judges along with lawyers, women’s rights activists, human rights defenders and their families at risk in Afghanistan and in need of a safe haven abroad.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2021

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UK borders bill could criminalise Afghan refugees, UN representative warns – The Guardian

Posted September 15th, 2021 in Afghanistan, asylum, bills, government departments, immigration, news, refugees by tracey

‘The UN’s refugee chief in London has said the introduction of the new nationality and borders bill could criminalise Afghan people who manage to escape the Taliban.’

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The Guardian, 14th September 2021

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‘Please save us’: UK ministers facing legal challenge over failure to help female MP and judge trapped in Kabul – The Independent

Posted September 3rd, 2021 in Afghanistan, asylum, government departments, immigration, judges, news, visas, women by tracey

‘The UK government is facing legal action over its failure to respond to requests for help from a progressive female Afghan MP and a leading woman judge who are both in hiding in Afghanistan and fearing for their lives.’

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The Independent, 3rd September 2021

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Abbreviated age assessment of Afghan national carried out by council was unlawful, High Court rules – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 27th, 2020 in Afghanistan, asylum, children, codes of practice, immigration, local government, news by sally

‘A council’s assessment of an Afghan national’s age, based on his physical appearance and demeanour, was unlawful because the abbreviated assessment undertaken failed to adequately acknowledge the potential margin for error and give him the corresponding benefit of the doubt, a High Court judge has found.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th January 2020

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International Criminal Court may investigate UK ‘war crimes cover-up’ – BBC News

‘The International Criminal Court could open its first investigation into the British military following a BBC programme about alleged war crimes.’

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BBC News, 18th November 2019

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Former soldier who contracted Q fever in Afghanistan sues MoD – The Guardian

Posted January 21st, 2019 in Afghanistan, armed forces, duty of care, news by tracey

‘A former soldier is suing the Ministry of Defence over its failure to protect him from contracting Q fever in Afghanistan.

It is the first case to test the MoD’s duty to protect against Q fever, according to Hilary Meredith Solicitors, acting for Bass. The five-day trial, starting at Central London county court on Monday, will examine the extent of any duty owed by the army to Bass in relation to Q fever, and whether that duty was breached.’

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The Guardian, 21st January 2019

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Afghan interpreters’ UK immigration fee waived – BBC News

Posted May 4th, 2018 in Afghanistan, armed forces, fees, immigration, interpreters, news by tracey

‘Afghan interpreters who served with British troops fighting against the Taliban will be able to stay in the UK for free, the home secretary has said. More than 150 Afghans given five-year residency permits said they faced being sent back to Afghanistan when they expire, unless they paid £2,389 to apply for indefinite leave to remain. Sajid Javid said the fees have been waived.’

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BBC News, 8th May 2018

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Samim Bigzad: High Court judge orders Home Office to bring deported Afghan asylum seeker back to UK – The Independent

Posted September 15th, 2017 in Afghanistan, asylum, contempt of court, deportation, news by tracey

‘A High Court judge has ordered the Home Office to bring an asylum seeker who was deported to Afghanistan back to the UK, saying the Government may have acted in contempt of court.’

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The Independent, 14th September 2017

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