Refugee rights under threat from Channel boat hysteria – and Brexit
Human beings crossing the English Channel are making headlines again. The number of people who reach the UK via this extremely difficult, dangerous but lawful route is minuscule, and the total number claiming international protection here insignifican ...12th August 2020
Court of Appeal backs order to disclose refugee asylum records
The Court of Appeal has backed a High Court decision that a mother and child’s asylum records must be disclosed in family proceedings. In H (A Child) (Disclosure of Asylum Documents)  EWCA Civ 1001, the court rejected arguments that the family ...6th August 2020
Landmark decision on “particular social group”
DH (Particular Social Group: Mental Health) Afghanistan  UKUT 223 (IAC) is an important case for numerous reasons. It affirms the supremacy of the Refugee Convention 1951 over EU law by reference to the Convention’s object and purpose; it ...27th July 2020
Can Hong Kong activists get political asylum in the UK?
Simon Cheng, a former British consulate worker in Hong Kong, was allegedly abducted by the Chinese authorities during a trip to mainland China and tortured for fifteen days in August 2019. His account is terrifying. Cheng was a vocal supporter of the ...15th July 2020
Judge orders Home Office to bring asylum seeker back to the UK
The President of the Upper Tribunal, Mr Justice Lane, has ordered the Home Office to pay for and facilitate the return to the UK of a man who was removed to Nigeria in March 2018. The case involved a mix of unfortunate administrative errors, inexplica ...13th July 2020
Asylum, sexuality and concealment: where are we a decade on from HJ (Iran)?
On 7 July 2010, the Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision in HJ (Iran)  UKSC 31, in which it established how asylum applications are to be decided when applicants flee persecution on the basis of their sexual orientation. The ruling e ...7th July 2020