Daily Archives: Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton Branch. Palestine in the aftermath of the Paris killings.

Wessex Solidarity

Dear All,

As you may be aware the situation in Gaza is currently as bleak as ever. Many people remain homeless following the massive destruction over the summer and are very vulnerable to the winter weather conditions. As a result infants are starting to die of cold and exposure. The Israelis have also continued to attack the Gaza strip on a regular basis, and unarmed farmers and fishermen are routinely shot at for merely going about their trade. As you may be aware Israel and the UK are both obliged to uphold UN Security Council Resolution 1860 on Gaza access which stipulates that Israel must open Gaza’s port, and facilitate free movement of goods and people between Gaza and the West Bank, and which obliges the UK government to make arrangements and guarantees to bring this about. This has not happened. This is in contrast to the UK’s robust action…

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Asylum and Sexual Orientation: Lost Opportunities in the CJEU

United Kingdom Immigration Law Blog

Screen-Shot-2014-08-12-at-2.11.14-PMJoined Cases C-148/13 to C-150/13, A, B, C v Staatssecretaris van Veiligheid en Justitie, UNHCR intervening, EU:C:2014:2406 (02 December 2014)

As Lord Hope DPSC (as he then was) explained some years ago, the High Contracting Parties to the to the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees 1951 did not envisage persecution for reasons of homosexuality as a problem. Lord Hope linked the rise of intolerance to the rise of Christianity and Islam in Africa and Asia and he was dismayed at the punishments some states impose on homosexuals. Noting the widening gulf between the developed and developing world on the issue of gay (read “LGBTI”) rights, the eminent jurist remarked that “[i]t is one of the most demanding social issues of our time” and he considered it crucially important that gay people are provided with the protection – “no more … but certainly no less” –…

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