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Split Court of Appeal rules detention of asylum seekers unlawful

By Rajkiran Barhey, UK Human Rights Blog, 18 October 2018
R (on the application of Hemmati and Others) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 2122: The Court of Appeal has concluded, by a 2-1 majority, that the detention of five asylum seekers pending their removal to another country where they should first have claimed asylum had been unlawful, and that they were entitled to damages. This article (the first of two) will unpick…

Open minds are needed to improve the protection of LGBTI asylum seekers in Europe

By Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe, 12 October 2018
In many states around the world, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons face serious violations of their human rights on account of their sexual orientation, gender identity or sex characteristics. These include killings, violence, the criminalisation of same-sex relations, and severe discrimination. Such violations also occur within the Council of Europe area.

Best interests – is the UK Home Office letting children down?

By Latitude Law, 25 September 2018
It is a long-established principle in the UK and many other jurisdictions that the government should act in the best interests of the child. The welfare of children must be a primary consideration (albeit not a paramount one), to protect one of the most vulnerable groups in our society. Despite this, Summer 2018 saw an almost unprecedented number of news stories and scandals concerning how the…

It’s too early to talk of a ‘Brexodus’

By Majella Kilkey & Louise Ryan, via The Converation, 05 September 2018
As the deadline for a final Brexit deal approaches, close attention is being paid to statistics on the number of EU citizens living in Britain.

Sponsoring adult dependants: who is eligible to join a family member in the UK?

By Latitude Law, 19 August 2018
This month, multiple media outlets have reported that Doria Ragland – mother of Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex – is rumoured to be moving to London. But with her daughter here on a spouse visa (sponsored by Prince Harry), on what basis could Ms Ragland relocate? This blog post looks at adult dependants; who can sponsor, who can be sponsored and what circumstances will meet the requirements?

The impact of Mnangagwa’s win upon UK based Zimbabwean asylum claimants

By Alice Muzira, 03 August 2018
For those that dared to hope and dream that the July elections in Zimbabwe would result in a win for the opposition…….. it's now time to wake up. ZANU(PF) remains in power. Whether or not the MDC Alliance will challenge President Emmerson Mnanganwa's triumph over Nelson Chamisa, the practical reality is that ZANU(PF), as usual, has floored the opposition and maintained it's tight hold on power.
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