Home Office pays out £15,500 to asylum seeker over data breach – The Guardian

Posted January 18th, 2018 in asylum, compensation, data protection, news by tracey

‘The Home Office has paid out £15,500 in compensation after admitting handing over sensitive information about an asylum seeker to the government of his Middle East home country, a move which could have endangered his life and that of his family.’

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The Guardian, 17th January 2018

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Britain rejects request to grant Julian Assange diplomatic status amid reports of Ecuadorean citizenship – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 11th, 2018 in asylum, citizenship, diplomats, embassies, extradition, news by tracey

‘The Foreign Office turned down a request from the Ecuadorian government to grant Julian Assange diplomatic status, amid reports the WikiLeaks founder may have received citizenship from the Andean country.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th January 2018

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Re M (A Child) (2017) Court of Appeal (Civil Division) – Park Square Barristers

Posted December 8th, 2017 in adoption, asylum, local government, news by sally

‘The Court of Appeal decision in Re M (A Child) (2017) has confirmed that for the purpose of conducting an assessment under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 s.42(7), a local authority are not confined to the period after the adoption application has been made; it can include periods before the application. The decision emphasises that section 42(7) should not be construed in narrow terms but it should be given a wider, purposeful interpretation.’

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Park Square Barristers, 6th December 2017

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Number of asylum seekers waiting longer than target time rises 27% despite drop in applications – The Independent

Posted December 1st, 2017 in asylum, delay, news by tracey

‘The number of asylum seekers who wait longer than the six-month decision target has increased by more than a quarter in the past year, despite asylum applications having fallen by 21 per cent in the same period, figures show.’

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The Independent, 30th November 2017

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Asylum seekers face appeals ‘lottery’ – BBC News

Posted November 29th, 2017 in appeals, asylum, legal aid, legal representation, news by sally

‘Asylum seekers are facing a “lottery” depending on where their appeal is heard, research by the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has found.’

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BBC News, 29th November 2017

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Age Assessment: Dental Assessments, Appearance and the Benefit of the Doubt – Garden Court Chambers

‘AS was born in Afghanistan. His father, who had worked as a commander in the police, was kidnapped by the Taliban. The family were later informed that he had been killed. The Taliban came looking for AS and it was decided that he should leave the country. He arrived in the UK on 7th September 2015 and claimed asylum. He was taken into the care of Kent County Council. His stated age of 15 was not accepted and an age assessment was undertaken, as a result of which he was found to be 17 with a date of birth of 7th September 1998. Judicial review proceedings were issued challenging this decision. During the course of proceedings, Kent changed its position and argued that he was most likely to be aged 24.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 10th November 2017

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Public Law Podcast Seminar on Radicalisation Part 3: Detention – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 2nd, 2017 in asylum, detention, EC law, extradition, news, regulations by tracey

‘Detention and the common European Asylum System – Alasdair Henderson and Suzanne Lambert

The highlights of the Public Law Seminar given by members of 1 Crown Office Row are now available for podcast download here or from iTunes under Law Pod UK, Episodes 13, 14 and 15. For ease of reference the following three posts set out the introductions to each of the presentations and the case citations.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th October 2017

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Vulnerable women ‘still locked up in Yarl’s Wood immigration centre’ – The Guardian

Posted November 1st, 2017 in asylum, detention, mental health, news, women by sally

‘Severely traumatised survivors of sexual violence are being routinely locked up at the notorious Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre, in breach of the UK government’s own policies.’

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The Guardian, 1st November 2017

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Asylum seeker’s ‘traumatic’ time inside detention centre – BBC News

Posted November 1st, 2017 in asylum, detention, news by sally

‘A woman who sought asylum in the UK after she fled her abusive husband says the experience of being detained was traumatic.’

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BBC News, 1st November 2017

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What’s in a Word? Home Office Lose Torture Definition Case – RightsInfo

‘Last week, the Home Office lost a case over its controversial definition of “torture,” which the High Court ruled was unlawful.’

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RightsInfo, 16th October 2017

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Britain accused of unlawfully deporting Afghan asylum seekers – The Guardian

Posted October 5th, 2017 in asylum, deportation, illegality, international law, news, reports by tracey

‘Britain and other European countries have been accused of breaching international law, as it emerged that the number of asylum seekers forced to return to Afghanistan has tripled at a time when civilian casualties in the country are at a record high.’

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The Guardian, 5th October 2017

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Child abduction returns trumped by asylum claims – Family Law

Posted September 28th, 2017 in asylum, child abduction, news, treaties by sally

‘What happens when a parent, who has abducted a child to this country and would be ordered to return the child immediately under the 1980 Hague Convention, claims asylum for themself and the child? Which takes precedence? The English High Court has just dealt with this issue.’

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Family Law, 25th September 2017

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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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UK high court blocks deportation of man who accuses G4S of abuse – The Guardian

Posted September 8th, 2017 in assault, asylum, deportation, immigration, news, security companies by tracey

‘A high court judge has made an 11th-hour intervention to prevent an immigration detainee who claims he has been abused by G4S from being forcibly removed from the UK.’

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The Guardian, 7th September 2017

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Judge condemns Amber Rudd for ignoring orders to release torture victim – The Guardian

Posted August 24th, 2017 in arson, asylum, delay, detention, news, torture, victims by sally

‘A high court judge has said she is “deeply concerned” about the behaviour of Amber Rudd for failing to release a survivor of torture from detention despite repeated court orders requiring her to do so.’

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The Guardian, 23rd August 2017

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Nigerian gay rights activist wins UK asylum claim after 13-year battle – The Guardian

Posted August 14th, 2017 in appeals, asylum, homosexuality, human rights, immigration, news, refugees by sally

‘The Home Office has granted refugee status to a prominent Nigerian LGBT activist, ending a 13-year battle over her right to remain in the UK.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2017

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Home Office breached woman’s human rights in Yarl’s Wood ‘punishment room’ – The Guardian

Posted July 28th, 2017 in asylum, detention, human rights, immigration, news by tracey

‘Kenyan asylum seeker wins high court case after being placed in segregation for 28 hours in immigration removal centre.’

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The Guardian, 27th July 2017

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New guidance for the public and for professionals on immigration and asylum related legal issues – Bar Standards Board

Posted June 30th, 2017 in asylum, barristers, consumer protection, immigration, news, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published two new guidance documents on immigration and asylum issues.’

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Bar Standards Board, 30th June 2017

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Refugee campaigners launch legal challenge over Home Office ‘failure’ to implement Dubs scheme – The Independent

‘Campaigners have launched a High Court challenge against the Government over the number of unaccompanied child refugees accepted into the UK under the Dubs scheme.’

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The Independent, 20th June 2017

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Zimbabwean national unlawfully detained after Home Office fails to serve immigration decision – Free Movement

‘Substantial damages of £10,500 have been awarded to a claimant who was unlawfully detained for a period of 70 days. The Home Office had failed to serve the Claimant with notice of a decision on his application to vary his leave to remain in the UK before detaining him, rendering his detention unlawful. The case is R (on the application of) Godwin Chaparadza v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWHC 1209 (Admin).’

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Free Movement, 7th June 2017

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