Category Archives: Islam

New evidence must satisfy Ladd v Marshall to justify departure from FTT decision on refugee status

R (Al-Siri) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] EWCA Civ 113 (08 February 2021) The Court of Appeal dismissed the government’s appeal against the judgment of Richard Clayton QC where he had quashed the decision of the … Continue reading

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Pakistan and Child Abduction: Lahore High Court holds ‘Hague Convention is not an extradition treaty’

Pakistan is notorious for child abduction. In the case of Sumayyah Moses v SHO and Others (Writ Petition No. 74048 of 2019) PLD 2020 Lahore 716, the Lahore High Court explained that the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International … Continue reading

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Syria returnee’s proceedings do not breach right to fair trial

QX v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWHC 2508 (Admin) (21 September 2020) “QX” the claimant for judicial review was a British jihadi who had spent time in Syria. He aligned himself with a group that was … Continue reading

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Lahore High Court ruling on forced conversion to Islam

In Nasira v Judicial Magistrate and 5 others Writ Petition No. 45156 of 2019/PLD 2020 Lahore 489, the Lahore High Court granted a petition under Article 199 of the Constitution of Pakistan 1973 by a Christian woman called Nasira where she sought … Continue reading

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High Court of Sindh on Pakistan and the Hague Convention

The case of Mst Farhat (Petitioner) v Umair Hanif Ghanchi and Others (Respondents) 2019 CLC 1311 Sindh is an early example of the High Court of Sindh grappling with the issues connected to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of … Continue reading

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How do Pakistani courts approach child abduction cases?

What can be said about the approach taken by the Pakistani courts in child abduction cases? Little is known about this topic and of course since Pakistan is a new entrant to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal on Nikah and non-qualifying ceremonies

HM Attorney General v Akhter & Ors [2020] EWCA Civ 122 (14 February 2020)  This was an important judgment which was given earlier in the year. The Court of Appeal held that an Islamic ceremony of marriage which was not … Continue reading

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Analysis of Country Guidance on Iranian Kurds

HB (Kurds) Iran (illegal exit: failed asylum seeker) CG [2018] UKUT 430 (IAC) (12 December 2018) Finding themselves trapped as minorities in countries such as Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey, the Kurds are dubbed “a people without a country” and … Continue reading

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Case Preview: FA (Pakistan) v SSHD

This appeal provides the Supreme Court the opportunity to further interpret its own historic case law by ascertaining (i) whether the refusal of asylum on the expectation an individual will suppress the expression of their religious faith, where the state … Continue reading

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‘Human Marketplace’: New Libya Country Guidance

ZMM (Article 15(c)) Libya CG [2017] UKUT 263 (IAC) (28 June 2017) When “mad dog” Muammar Gaddafi deposed Libya’s King Idris in 1969, his hero Nasser was both shocked and amused that the jaded ideology conjuring up fake dreams of … Continue reading

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Case Preview: SM (Algeria) (Appellant) v Entry Clearance Officer, UK Visa Section (Respondent)

Three years ago in AA (Somalia) v ECO (Addis Ababa) [2013] UKSC 81, the Supreme Court considered whether a Somali child in her brother-in-law’s care under the doctrine of Kafalah – a process of legal guardianship and the Islamic equivalent … Continue reading

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Analysis: Immigration Act 2016

A hostile environment hitting wrongdoing from every angle has been in the making for a long time. The Immigration Act 2016 builds on the foundations laid by the “flagship” Immigration Act 2014. The public tends to view foreigners as stealing local … Continue reading

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Lone Women and Ostracism in Pakistan

SM (Lone Women – Ostracism) Pakistan [2016] UKUT 67 (IAC) (2 February 2016) Like his clever creator, Kipling’s fictional character of the orphaned/vagabond Irish immigrant child Kimball O’Hara – the devoted chela (disciple) of a lama – lived in late … Continue reading

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Deterring ‘Potential Extremists’: The BNA and the Scope of the Naturalisation Discretion

MM & GY & TY v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 3513 (Admin) (03 December 2015) This damaging decision for the British government was published immediately after David Cameron slanderously accused those opposed to expanding UK … Continue reading

Posted in Afghan War, Article 14, Article 3, Article 8, Citizenship and Nationality, ECHR, Human Rights Act, India, Islam, Judicial Review, Pakistan, Politics, Terrorism | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Asylum, Blogging and Iran

“The image conjured up by the name Persia is one of romance – roses and nightingales in elegant gardens, fast horses, flirtatious women, sharp sabres, jewel-coloured carpets, melodious music,” explains Michael Axworthy in Empire of the Mind. “But in the … Continue reading

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Terror Imam: Monitoring Measures Breach ECHR

DD v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 1681 (Admin) (19 June 2015) No matter where one looks, judges seem to be hell-bent on helping wicked individuals. For example, SIAC’s recent decision that N2’s continued detention was … Continue reading

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Article 8 and Terrorism: Construing Words Sensibly

YM (Uganda) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWCA Civ 1292 (10 October 2014) Earlier in the month, the Court of Appeal (Aikens LJ, Sir Colin Rimer & Sir Stanley Burnton) unanimously allowed an appeal on article … Continue reading

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Case Preview: R (Lord Carlile & Ors) v SSHD in Supreme Court

See update here. In Khomeinism: Essays on the Islamic Republic Ervand Abrahamian argued that populism, and not fundamentalism, toppled the Shah’s regime. Having visited Iran during the reformist Khatemi era, I can say that back then Iranians did crave democracy … 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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Prime Minister’s “speech”

History and political science are odd subjects. I recently posted on an Arab dictator who was universally acknowledged as a hero. But now I am forced, somewhat belatedly, to write about a leader of the western world – the British … Continue reading

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