Category Archives: Persecution

HC 1116 and ‘Abuse’ of Asylum by Syrians

Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules HC 1116 was immediately condemned as “sickening”. Undoubtedly, the formula of a well-founded fear of persecution is wide open to abuse. However, in light of all the carnage that we have witnessed over the … Continue reading

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JB (Jamaica): Is Jamaica Safe For Homosexuals?

JB (Jamaica) Case ID UKSC 2013/0162 concerns the persecution of gay people and throws up the thorny question whether the Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD) is entitled by section 94(5) of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act … Continue reading

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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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