Fugitive guilty of stabbing asylum seeker to death in row over £10 drug debt – The Independent

Posted August 2nd, 2023 in Afghanistan, asylum, drug abuse, extradition, immigration, murder, news, violent disorder by sally

‘A fugitive has been found guilty of stabbing an Afghan asylum seeker to death over a £10 debt nearly six years ago.’

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The Independent, 1st August 2023

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Upper Tribunal: Postponing biometrics and entry clearance – EIN Blog

‘R (MRS & Anor) v ECO (Biometrics, Entry Clearance, Article 8) [2023] UKUT 85 (IAC) (30 Mar 2023). The Upper Tribunal thinks that it is open for the Home Office, in line with article 8 of the ECHR, to have a biometric discretion policy that places significant weight to the public interest and proper legitimate aims which justify biometrics and that only exceptional in the sense of very compelling cases can outweigh that interest. Further, it is incompatible with article 8 of the ECHR for the policy Family Reunion: for refugees and those with humanitarian protection policy version 5 (31 December 2020), to direct decision-makers that only applicants with extraordinary, and therefore rare, unique or unusual circumstances, can succeed.’

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EIN Blog, 15th June 2023

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Afghan children and their families abandoned in remote hotels following High Court ruling – Garden Court Chambers

‘Afghan families remain trapped in remote hotels following today’s High Court ruling that the Home Secretary did not act unlawfully by moving them from a London hotel to hotels in a city in the north of England. The move significantly disrupted the children’s education and adults’ employment. Following the judgment, the families remain in temporary accommodation and at risk of further moves, as the Home Office has failed to secure the settled accommodation it promised. The families have been stuck in hotels for over one and a half years since being evacuated from Afghanistan in August 2021.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 24th March 2023

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Afghan refugees lose High Court challenge over Home Office offer of bridging accommodation in Manchester – Local Government Lawyer

‘Afghan refugees who were resettled in London have lost a High Court bid to try to prevent them being sent to Manchester by the Home Office.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th March 2023

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Inquiry into claims of unlawful killings in Afghanistan by UK armed forces officially begins – The Independent

Posted March 22nd, 2023 in Afghanistan, armed forces, inquiries, news, unlawful killing, war by tracey

‘The inquiry into allegations of unlawful killings by the UK armed forces in Afghanistan is set to be officially launched. The probe’s chair, Lord Justice Haddon-Cave, is expected to announce a call for evidence of illegal activity in the war-torn nation between 2010 and 2013 when the inquiry gets underway on Wednesday.’

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The Independent, 22nd March 2023

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Court allows review of UK visa rejections for ex-BBC journalists in Afghanistan – The Guardian

Posted February 14th, 2023 in Afghanistan, BBC, government departments, judicial review, media, news, visas by sally

‘Eight former BBC journalists who had their applications to relocate from Afghanistan to the UK rejected are expecting their cases to be reconsidered after they successfully challenged the rationale behind the refusals at the high court.’

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The Guardian, 13th February 2023

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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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