Daily Archives: Thursday, March 12, 2015

Supreme Court: Jamaica Generally Unsafe for Gay Community

United Kingdom Immigration Law Blog

One LoveR (Brown (Jamaica)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] UKSC 8 (4 March 2015)

The Home Secretary’s appeal to the Supreme Court, in relation to whether Jamaica should be included on the list of states designated in section 94(4) of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (NIAA), was finally dismissed last week. Lady Hale, Lord Sumption, Lord Carnwath, Lord Hughes and Lord Toulson held that since homosexual, bisexual and transsexual persons living in Jamaica were at risk of persecution because of their sexual orientation, the Home Secretary had acted unlawfully by designating Jamaica, under section 94(5)(a) of the NIAA, as a state in which there is in general no serious risk of persecution of persons who are entitled to reside there. Back in June 2013, the Court of Appeal (Pill, Moore-Bick [dissenting] and Black LJJ, see here) held by majority that since it was not…

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Kaleidoscopic Changes in Immigration Rules Continue

United Kingdom Immigration Law Blog

Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules HC1025 brings further kaleidoscopic changes to the existing abyss of legal nonsense surrounding visas for the UK. Ahead of the impending general election, some unwitting politicians are demanding an “Australian style points-based system” of immigration in the UK. Oddly, claims that there is no points-based system (PBS) at the moment are being aired all the time. It is quite alarming that politicians can make such claims on television because points-based immigration applications, which in distinction to their aim have produced “whirlwind” litigation, were introduced way back in 2008. Indeed, some of the changes in HC1025 are directed at bringing changes to the PBS. As for limits, it is also the case that Tier 2 (General) has been subjected to an annual limit of 20,700 persons, i.e. a “cap”, for some years now. Yet, insofar as political promises are concerned, the attempt to bring…

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Immigration Act 2014: New Appeals Regime Rolled Out

United Kingdom Immigration Law Blog

Further implementation of the abolition of appeal rights under the Immigration Act 2014 (“the Act”) arrived earlier this month in the form of the Immigration Act 2014 (Commencement No. 4, Transitional and Saving Provisions and Amendment) Order 2015 (“the Order”). The implementing legislation should have been simple because it affects people who do not know English as a first language. But instead its intricacies exceed the complexities of legislation related to the Treasury. On the lighter side, as disclosed by the title, the Order is the fourth commencement order produced pursuant to the Act. The effect of the Order is to kill off the right of appeal for certain persons who have been refused further leave to remain under the points-based system, where the application is made on or after 2 March 2015. The Order also removes the right of appeal for all decisions on applications for leave…

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Courses: 2015 Summer Statelessness Course

2015 Statelessness Summer Course

This year, the 4th edition of the Statelessness Summer Course will take place from 3-7 August in Tilburg, the Netherlands. We are now accepting applications. Click here for details: http://www.institutesi.org/ourwork/summercourse.php. The application deadline is 15 April.

The Statelessness Summer Course is a 1-week intensive learning programme for practitioners on statelessness. The course is coordinated and run by the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, and is hosted by Tilburg University in the Netherlands (the course was previously run by the Tilburg Statelessness Programme, which now continues its activities under the flag of the Institute). As in previous years, the course is also held in partnership with Open Society Justice Initiative.

The course considers statelessness and the right to nationality from various angles. It deals with legal and policy issues associated with statelessness. Thirty selected participants from civil society, academia, governments and international organisations from around the world come together to learn about statelessness, explore fundamental questions of definition and legal frameworks, and to develop plans for action.

What the 2014 Statelessness Summer School participants had to say about the course:

“An eye opener on a serious humanitarian problem that few people know about.”
– Jeddi Armah, Assistant Minister for Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Liberia

“Incredibly relevant, engaging and comprehensive course which not only satisfied me in terms of current queries but also made me adamant to do my best to remain in this exciting field for as long as possible.”
– Sophia Soares, UNHCR Malta

[Moderator’s note: please see relevant links below:

Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion: http://www.institutesi.org/

Tilburg University: http://www.tilburguniversity.edu/

Open Society Justice Initiative: http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/about/programs/open-society-justice-initiative]

Event: ‘Are we going to be allowed to stay here?’: Migration, Discrimination and Resistance


‘Are we going to be allowed to stay here?’: Migration, Discrimination and Resistance

19th March 2015

The Drum, 144 Potters Road, Aston, Birmingham B6 4UU


(Free entry and no need to prebook)

 Immigrants are being blamed for pressures on housing, jobs and infrastructure, in a context of austerity which is hitting the poorest hardest. Vulnerable people are being encouraged to blame their problems on other vulnerable people, while the government introduces ever harsher measures that directly discriminate against immigrants and people from immigrant backgrounds. Politicians state that ‘it’s not racist to talk about immigration’ at the same time as using the language of Enoch Powell and telling people to ‘Go Home’, while ordinary people such as landlords, teachers and doctors are being required to ask people they suspect may be migrants to prove their right to housing, education and health. All the main political parties are promising harsher treatment of immigrants in their election manifestos.
This meeting will address the questions:

What are the consequences of this for immigrants themselves and for British citizens?

Are new forms of racism, xenophobia and discrimination emerging?

How can we resist this?

A panel of invited speakers will address the questions above with reference to their own experience and expertise, and invite lively debate and contributions from the meeting.


Kirsten Forkert, BCU on findings from the Mapping Immigration Controversy research project which examines the effects of government anti-immigration campaigns on migrants and non-migrants, including activist resistance, in Birmingham and nationally.

Saqlain Shah and Boniface Mambwe from Birmingham Asylum and Refugee Action on their project to expose the housing conditions faced by asylum seekers in housing managed by G4S in Birmingham, and on particular self-organising and campaigning by migrants themselves

Speaker from Movement Against Xenophobia on their organisation and campaigns, in particular the ‘right to rent’ pilot requiring landlords to check the immigration status of tenants being piloted in the West Midlands and their survey about its effects

Shreya Paudel, National Union of Students, on how immigration policy changes are affecting international students in Birmingham, and how students, migrants and others can work together

Speaker from UCU (University and College Union) on trade union organising and equalities, and in particular attendance monitoring of international students and how it can be resisted

Chair: Hannah Jones, University of Warwick

The evening is designed to bring together community activists, trade unionists and those with an interest in social justice. If you just want to find out more and/or share your views on these burning issues please join us.​

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1553343528255862

Events: Centre for Policy and Research on Turkey: documentary screening and public conference (Friday 6 March)

Research Turkey
Centre for Policy and Research on Turkey

Documentary Screening and Public Conference

We are pleased to announce Centre for Policy and Research on Turkey (Research Turkey)’s documentary screening of “Son of Crimea (Kırımoğlu): Struggle of a People” to be followed by the Public Conference entitled “Ukrainian Crisis and the Atrocities in Crimea: The Never-Ending Persecution of Crimean Tatars”. The screening will include a one-hour section of the documentary and will take place on Friday, 6 March 2015 between 5:00p.m. and 6:00p.m. at S-1.06, Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus, King’s College London, WC2R 2LS.

Directed by Neşe Sarısoy Karatay and produced by Zafer Karatay, “Son of Crimea (Kırımoğlu): Struggle of a People” is filmed in Turkey, Ukraine, Russian Federation, Uzbekistan, Belgium and the United States and it incorporates interviews with hundreds of eye-witnesses or survivors, politicians and experts; documents from former USSR archives and other sources; and thousands of related photographs from private and public collections.

The screening as well as the public conference are free and open to public but are ticketed events that requires pre-registration. A ticket does not guarantee a seat. Please click here for free registration and tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/research-turkey-public-conference-and-documentary-screening-ukrainian-crisis-and-the-atrocities-in-tickets-15861414919. You may find the synopsis of the documentary and details about the public conference below.

Synopsis of the Documentary

The Soviet government exiled the Crimean Tatars from their historic homeland in 1944. Accused of cooperation with the occupying Nazi forces during World War II, they were sent to Central Asia and the Urals. This documentary tells the story of Crimean Tatars’ long and arduous campaign to return to their homeland without recourse to violence. Mustafa Jemilev (also known as Mustafa Kirimoglu or Dzhemilev), was merely six months old at the time of the deportation. At a young age, he came into contact with nationalist movement activists and devoted his life to this ideal, eventually becoming a symbolic name in his people’s struggle for repatriation. A Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Jemilev is one of the most important human rights activists in the former Soviet Union. He served six prison terms, spending over 15 years in the Soviet GULAG, and survived the longest hunger strike in the history of human rights.

P.S. Centre for Policy and Research Turkey (Research Turkey) expresses its special thanks to the director, Neşe Sarısoy Karatay and the producer, Zafer Karatay of the documentary “Son of Crimea (Kırımoğlu): Struggle of a People” for providing the copy and permission for screening of it publicly.
Public Conference

Title: “Ukrainian Crisis and the Atrocities in Crimea: The Never-Ending Persecution of Crimean Tatars”
Speakers: Dr. Rory Finnin (University of Cambridge), Ms. Eleanor Knott (London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)), Ms. Melek Maksudoğlu (King’s College London (KCL))
Chair: Professor Orlando Figes, Professor of History, Birkbeck College, University of London
Date: Friday, 6 March 2015
Time: Conference 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Venue: S-1.06, Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus, King’s College London, WC2R 2LS

We are pleased to announce the public conference entitled “Ukrainian Crisis and the Atrocities in Crimea: The Never-Ending Persecution of Crimean Tatars” in which Dr. Rory Finnin, Ms. Eleanor Knott and Ms. Melek Maksudoğlu will give talks. The conference will take place on Friday, 6 March 2015 between 6:30p.m. and 8:30p.m. at S-1.06, Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus, King’s College London, WC2R 2LS. Professor Orlando Figes, Professor of History, Birkbeck College, University of London will kindly chair the event.

For more information about the conference speakers, chair and talks click here: http://researchturkey.org/panel-discussion-ukrainian-crisis-and-the-atrocities-in-crimea-the-never-ending-persecution-of-crimean-tatars-632015-kings-college-london/