Tag Archives: Persecution

Judge’s role is only supervisory during the taking of evidence  

WA (Role and duties of judge) Egypt [2020] UKUT 127 (IAC) (16 March 2020) Vice President Ockelton and President Lane have given guidance to the effect that “during the taking of evidence a judge’s role is merely supervisory” and “if something … Continue reading

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False imprisonment: Supreme Court overrules Draga

DN (Rwanda), R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] UKSC 7 (26 February 2020)  In this important judgment, the Supreme Court overturned the Court of Appeal’s decision in Draga [2012] EWCA Civ 842 … Continue reading

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Tortured Tamil refugee wins in Court of Appeal 

RS (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWCA Civ 1796 (28 October 2019)  The Court of Appeal has held that RS, a Sri Lankan national, who had been detained and tortured by Sri Lankan authorities … Continue reading

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Does EIG satisfy Dublin III on detaining asylum seekers? 

In Hemmati & Ors [2018] EWCA Civ 2122, the Court of Appeal held by a majority that the detention of five asylum seekers pending removal to other Member States had been unlawful because neither the Enforcement Instructions and Guidance Chapter 55 … Continue reading

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High Court orders asylum-seeker’s return to pursue appeal 

PN (Uganda) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 1616 (Admin) (24 June 2019) In these judicial review proceedings, brought by “PN”, Lewis J held that the dismissal of Ugandan woman’s appeal against the refusal of … Continue reading

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Supreme Court allows tortured Tamil asylum-seeker’s appeal

KV (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] UKSC 10 (6 March 2019) In a recent judgment given by Lord Wilson the Supreme Court unanimously allowed KV’s appeal, remitting the matter to the UT for fresh … 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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Standard of Proof for Statelessness is Balance of Probabilities

AS (Guinea) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 2234 (12 October 2018) The Court of Appeal has held that those asserting that they are stateless need to prove their case on the balance of probabilities. … Continue reading

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Refugee Convention: Metropolitan Territory is Distinct from Dependent Territories

R (Bashir & Ors) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] UKSC 45 (30 July 2018) In a complex interim judgment dealing with threshold issues, the Supreme Court has held that both the Refugee Convention 1951 and the … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal: ‘Indiscriminate Methods of Warfare’ in Gaza

MI (Palestine) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 1782 (31 July 2018) Holding that it is sufficiently arguable that the situation in Gaza is attributable to direct and indirect actions of parties to the conflict … Continue reading

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Restricted Leave: Only Rare Cases are Suitable for Settlement

Babar v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 329 (01 March 2018) Tanvir Babar used to be a Pakistani policeman. He worked in law enforcement for 17 years and was in charge of a squad of … Continue reading

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Medical Cases: Asylum, Torture and EU Law

Case C-353/16 MP (Sri Lanka) v SSHD (ECLI:EU:C:2017:795) In this reference, the Supreme Court asked the CJEU to rule on the question whether a third country national, who had been tortured in the past but will not be tortured upon return, … 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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Law Corrected on British Citizenship and Identity Fraud

R (Hysaj & Ors) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] UKSC 82 (21 December 2017) Extraordinarily, the Home Office sought to have these appeals allowed by consent despite the fact that Dinjan Hysaj and Agron Bakijasi had fraudulently … Continue reading

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Case Preview: Bashir and Others v SSHD

In her Christmas speech to British forces in Akrotiri, the prime minister celebrated the downfall of ISIS. Temporarily relieved from the turbulence of domestic and European politics, a triumphant Theresa May stressed that British military bases in Cyprus – the … 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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Asylum and Sexual Orientation: HJ (Iran) Guidance ‘Not Given in a Legal Vacuum’

LC (Albania) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (UNHCR Intervening) [2017] EWCA Civ 351 (09 May 2017) HJ (Iran) [2010] UKSC 31 was a landmark judgment. The Supreme Court held that asylum should not be refused to a … Continue reading

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‘The Duty of the CPS is to the Public’: Article 8 and Prosecuting Refugees for False Documents

SXH (Appellant) v The Crown Prosecution Service (Respondent) [2017] UKSC 30 “This woman, in her short life, has had to endure experiences of the most horrific nature,” is how Lord Kerr described the appellant’s ordeal. However, the Supreme Court dismissed … Continue reading

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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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Qualification Directive and Previous Torture: What is the Scope of Coverage for Mental Illness?

MP (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] UKSC 32 (22 June 2016) Nowadays, the island nation of Sri Lanka is a popular tourist destination. People from all over South Asia, and elsewhere, flock to marvel … Continue reading

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