MoD accused of burying admission that UK special forces had power over Afghan sanctuary claims – The Independent

‘The Ministry of Defence has been accused of trying to bury an admission that the special forces had power over the UK sanctuary applications of Afghan allies amid an ongoing inquiry into potential war crimes in Afghanistan.’

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The Independent, 22nd June 2024

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Minister told to name sources in Afghan inquiry or face potential jail term – The Guardian

‘The minister for veterans’ affairs, Johnny Mercer, has been given 10 days to reveal the source of allegations British troops engaged in war crimes in Afghanistan, or face a potential prison sentence.’

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The Guardian, 26th March 2024

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Afghanistan: Judge hunted by Taliban wins court case against UK government – BBC News

Posted March 8th, 2024 in Afghanistan, asylum, government departments, immigration, judges, news by sally

‘An Afghan judge who has been forced to go into hiding from the Taliban was wrongly refused relocation to the UK, the High Court has ruled.’

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BBC News, 7th March 2024

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UK special forces have power over Afghan sanctuary claims despite investigation into alleged SAS crimes – The Independent

Posted February 20th, 2024 in Afghanistan, armed forces, conflict of interest, inquiries, news, war crimes, witnesses by tracey

‘UK special forces have frustrated efforts by Afghan troops to gain sanctuary in Britain despite the fact that some of the Afghan soldiers could be witnesses to crimes allegedly committed by British units.’

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The Independent, 19th February 2024

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MoD fined after email blunder risked Afghan interpreters’ lives – BBC News

‘The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been fined £350,000 over an email blunder that exposed details of interpreters fleeing Afghanistan.’

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BBC News, 13th December 2023

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Afghan former interpreter with British army resettles in UK after legal battle – The Guardian

‘An Afghan former interpreter with the British army has resettled in the UK with his family after a lengthy legal battle with the government, more than two years after being initially approved for relocation.’

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The Guardian, 8th November 2023

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What’s happening with the Afghan relocation legal challenges? – EIN Blog

Posted October 25th, 2023 in Afghanistan, asylum, government departments, immigration, news, Pakistan, refugees by sally

‘Under legal pressure, the UK government has reversed its policy requiring at-risk Afghans seeking relocation to the UK to first obtain suitable accommodation. This post outlines the background and provides an overview of the current legal challenges afoot.’

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EIN Blog, 24th October 2023

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Inquiry to open into claims British soldiers summarily killed 80 Afghans – The Guardian

Posted October 10th, 2023 in Afghanistan, armed forces, homicide, inquiries, news by sally

‘A public inquiry into allegations that 80 Afghans were summarily killed by members of three different British SAS units begins on Monday amid pleas from victims’ families to uncover the truth behind the deaths.’

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The Guardian, 9th October 2023

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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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