Category Archives: Persecution

No Section 83 Right of Appeal for Asylum Decision

MS (Uganda) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] UKSC 33 (22 June 2016) This case is somewhat academic because it relates to the construction of section 83 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002. The provision … 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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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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