Home Office abandons six-month target for asylum claim decisions – The Guardian

‘The Home Office is scrapping its target of processing most asylum claims within six months, the Guardian has learned. Human rights lawyers expressed alarm at the news, saying the number of vulnerable asylum seekers facing delays in having their claims processed could become even worse than its current level.’

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The Guardian, 7th May 2019

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This week’s round up – Williamson fired over Huawei and the courts return after Easter – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Despite the return of the courts on Monday, it was another relatively light week in terms of decisions in the fields of public law and human rights. However, the High Court decided a number of interesting clinical negligence cases, whilst the Court of Appeal gave judgement in the case of TM (Kenya), R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWCA Civ 784.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th May 2019

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Home Office chaos and incompetence lead to unlawful detentions, claim whistleblowers – The Guardian

‘Chaos, incompetence and bullying of Home Office employees is resulting in failed deportations and the unlawful detention of vulnerable and desperate people, whistleblowers allege.’

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The Guardian, 28th April 2019

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Syrian refugee ‘attack’: 16-year-old boy given police caution over incident at Huddersfield school – The Independent

‘A boy accused of attacking a Syrian refugee at their school in Huddersfield has been given a police caution.’

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The Independent, 29th March 2019

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Home Office refuses Christian convert asylum by quoting Bible passages that ‘prove Christianity is not peaceful’ – The Independent

Posted March 21st, 2019 in asylum, Christianity, government departments, immigration, news, statistics by tracey

‘The Home Office has refused asylum to a Christian convert by quoting Bible passages which it says prove Christianity is not a peaceful religion. The Iranian national, who claimed asylum in 2016, was told passages in the Bible were “inconsistent” with his claim to have converted to Christianity after discovering it was a “peaceful” faith.’

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The Independent, 21st March 2019

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UK court ruling raises hopes of asylum for torture survivors – The Guardian

Posted March 7th, 2019 in appeals, asylum, expert witnesses, immigration, news, torture by tracey

‘Tens of thousands of torture survivors could find it easier to secure sanctuary in the UK after a ruling by the supreme court.’

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The Guardian, 6th March 2019

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Sajid Javid can deport mother of FGM risk girl, judge decides – BBC News

‘The Home Secretary cannot be barred from deporting a failed asylum seeker whose daughter would be at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) if taken abroad, a senior judge decided.’

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BBC News, 5th March 2019

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Immigration chief hits out as “abuse” by lawyers – Legal Futures

Posted January 21st, 2019 in appeals, asylum, immigration, judicial review, news by tracey

‘The appeal system for failed asylum-seekers has been “heavily abused by some lawyers”, the former Home Office director-general of immigration enforcement has claimed.’

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Legal Futures, 21st January 2019

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Asylum applications: Home Office urged to use lie detectors – BBC News

Posted January 11th, 2019 in asylum, immigration, lie detectors, news by sally

‘People seeking asylum in the UK should take a lie detector test as part of their application, the former chief of UK immigration enforcement says.’

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BBC News, 11th January 2019

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Asylum seeker to sue UK for funding Libyan detention centres – The Guardian

Posted December 21st, 2018 in asylum, detention, immigration, Libya, news, standards by tracey

‘A teenage asylum seeker from Ethiopia is planning to sue the government for its role in funding detention centres in Libya, where he says he experienced physical abuse, extortion and forced labour.’

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The Guardian, 20th January 2018

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Home Office invites Zimbabwean officials to interrogate asylum seekers who have fled political persecution – The Independent

Posted December 12th, 2018 in asylum, news, Zimbabwe by sally

‘The Home Office has been inviting Zimbabwean government representatives to interview asylum seekers who have fled political persecution in the country, in what has been branded a “corrupt” exercise.’

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The Independent, 12th December 2018

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Human dignity in a time of austerity: the Rule of Law as a counterpoint to the hostile environment for migrants – Garden Court Chambers

Posted December 12th, 2018 in asylum, budgets, human rights, immigration, news, rule of law by sally

‘Garden Court Chambers’ Amanda Weston QC delivered the plenary speech at our inaugural Migrant Support Conference with Legal Action Group (LAG) on 28 November 2018.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 3rd December 2018

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Dublin returns to Italy give rise to an arguable breach of Article 3 ECHR – Garden Court Chambers

Posted December 12th, 2018 in asylum, EC law, human rights, judicial review, mental health, news by sally

‘Judgment in the test case of SM & Ors v SSHD was handed down by the Upper Tribunal on 4 December 2018. The Tribunal quashed the decision to certify SM and RK’s human rights claims as “clearly unfounded” on the basis that their particular vulnerability, combined with the latest evidence of profound problems with the Italian reception system meant that that the Secretary of State should either exercise the discretion to consider their claims here or obtain an assurance that they would be provided with appropriate accommodation. The evidence before the Tribunal predated the latest Italian government’s anti-migrant policies.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 4th December 2018

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Upper Tribunal Rules Home Office’s Removal of Disputed Minor to Germany Unlawful and Orders his Return to UK – Garden Court Chambers

Posted December 12th, 2018 in asylum, children, EC law, judicial review, mental health, news by sally

‘Following a hearing that took place on 11 October 2018, Mr Justice William Davis, a High Court Judge sitting in the Upper Tribunal, ruled that the Home Office unlawfully removed ‘QH’, an exceptionally vulnerable young Afghan male, to Germany. As a result, the Court has today ordered the Home Office to take steps to return QH to the UK so that his asylum claim can be decided here.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 4th December 2018

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City to contest cases where asylum seeker assessed as adult threatens legal action – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 11th, 2018 in asylum, budgets, children, immigration, judicial review, local government, news by sally

‘Liverpool City Council is to contest the next cases in which apparently adult asylum seekers claim to be children, in the face of a potential £1.5m cost for looking after them.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th December 2018

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Home Office unlawfully removed child asylum seeker from UK, High Court rules – The Independent

‘The Home Office unlawfully removed a child asylum seeker from the UK and has been ordered to arrange his return in a landmark High Court ruling.’

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The Independent, 6th December 2018

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Asylum seekers ‘too afraid’ to seek NHS care, report says – The Guardian

Posted November 29th, 2018 in asylum, data protection, health, human rights, immigration, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘Asylum seekers who need NHS care have been left in “considerable fear” because of the government’s “hostile environment” policies, according to the human rights watchdog.
In a highly critical report the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) says people have gone without medical help since ministers forced the NHS in England to impose upfront charges to access care last year.’

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The Guardian, 28th November 2018

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Home Office cuts to modern slavery victims’ benefits are unlawful, High Court rules – The Independent

Posted November 9th, 2018 in asylum, benefits, government departments, news, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘A government decision to slash financial support for modern slavery victims has been ruled unlawful by the High Court.’

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The Independent, 22nd November 2018

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Split Court of Appeal rules detention of asylum seekers unlawful — Part 1 – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 18th, 2018 in asylum, detention, EC law, news by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has concluded, by a 2-1 majority, that the detention of five asylum seekers pending their removal to another country where they should first have claimed asylum had been unlawful, and that they were entitled to damages. This article (the first of two) will unpick the reasons behind this legally complex appeal.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 17th October 2018

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Rejection of unaccompanied asylum seeking children unlawful for lack of reasons – Court of Appeal – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Help Refugees Ltd, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Secretary [2018] EWCA Civ 2098. This was an appeal by Help Refugees Ltd against the refusal of its application for judicial review of the secretary of state’s consultation process regarding the relocation of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children under Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 4th October 2018

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