Category Archives: Persecution

SK (Zimbabwe): mob violence and exclusion from asylum

SK (Zimbabwe) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 807, please read judgment.  SK appealed the Upper Tribunal’s decision on the grounds that, on a true interpretation of the Rome Statute, her acts did not amount … Continue reading

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Refugee Convention: domestic law defines “lawful”

R (on the application of ST (Eritrea)) (FC) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) [2012] UKSC 12 (21 March 2012) The Supreme Court – Lady Hale and Lords Hope, Brown, Mance, Kerr, Clarke and Dyson – has unanimously … Continue reading

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Refugee Convention and lawful presence?

Update – The UKSC handed down its judgment in this case on 21 March 2012 and the most recent post in relation to this case is available here.  R (on the application of ST (Eritrea))(FC) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for … Continue reading

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Massive Somalia Guidance

Once the arena for the expansionist designs of European powers – such as Britain and Italy – in the Horn of Africa, Somalia is arguably the foremost complex humanitarian emergency in the world: pretty much Hell on Earth. These days, … Continue reading

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Persecution in Pakistan: HJ (Iran) and the Ahmadis

The barrister Mr Jinnah, together with his comrades in the struggle for Independence, wanted Pakistan to be a secular country and just a couple of days before the Partition of India he, therefore, said that: You are free; you are … Continue reading

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Viva la Revolución? new Cuba guideline case

“… Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves.” Contrary to what Castro’s close comrade Che Guevara claimed, Cuba is one of the world’s last remaining autocratic communist regimes. Historically, the revolutionary country was once considered a bastion against imperialism. Yet … Continue reading

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R (Thamby) v SSHD: LTTE, nationality, naturalisation and “good character”

This judicial review case – Thamby, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] EWHC 1763 read judgment here – concerned the SSHD’s refusal to naturalise as a citizen a Tamil national of Sri … Continue reading

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