Gay hairdressers can safely relocate in Algeria, Court of Appeal holds
On 14 December 2020, the Court of Appeal in YD (Algeria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 1683 dismissed the asylum and human rights appeal of a young gay man from Algeria. Facts of the case YD had arrived in the UK aged 15 ...17th December 2020
Avoiding the naughty step in Cart judicial review cases
On a warm summer’s day in late July, five sets of appellant lawyers found themselves in Court 4 of the Upper Tribunal in Field House, huddled together on what could only be characterised as “the naughty step”. Unaware at the start of t ...9th December 2019
Sexual orientation asylum statistics are good news
Recent statistics on asylum grants to gay people represent a breakthrough rather than a breakdown in the system – acting as a sword, rather than shield, in advancing protection of queer refugees, argues S Chelvan of No5 Barristers Chambers. Long ...4th January 2018
New Home Office API on gay asylum claims: not fit for purpose
The new Asylum Policy Instruction on Sexual Orientation Issues in the Asylum Claim, published last Wednesday, marks an unwelcome retrograde step for the Home Office, which still continues to apply the ‘voluntary discretion test’ to gay asylum clai ...8th August 2016
Are refugees from Syria really refugees in law?
Monday: 3:30pm. Like most asylum lawyer geeks — you know who you are — I was hanging on every word of the Prime Minister when he made his announcement on how many Syrian “refugees” would be provided resettlement in the UK. He was at pa ...9th September 2015
From ABC to DSSH: How to prove that you are a gay refugee?
In an e-mail posting on a practitioners’ discussion group last week, a representative asked the group for details of a psychiatrist in order to prove that the detained client is gay. In follow-up e-mails, it was revealed that the enquiry was prompte ...23rd July 2014