United Kingdom Immigration Law Blog
R (O) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  UKSC 19 (27 April 2016)
Heaven knows: Yarl’s Wood IRC – the infamous British Gulag where pregnant women and children are locked up – may even make the likes of president Putin squirm on an off day. But rarely will the great British state cringe at the ugly truths lurking behind the scenes in detention centres operated by private contractors who profit from “indefinite” detention (and apparently also sexually prey on vulnerable people deprived of their liberty). A Nigerian national aged 38 who entered the UK illegally in late 2003 with her three-year old son, O suffered from mental health problems that instigated attempted suicide, other self-harm, hallucinations, unpredictable mood-swings and impulsive outbursts for which she received high doses of anti-psychotic and anti-depressant medication. She was detained at Yarl’s Wood for almost three years (2008-2011) purportedly justified by the…
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Development and Human Rights
The counter-movement against the Western gay rights revolution is showing no signs of abating in Africa, where legal recognition of LGBT rights in all but South Africa remains a distant dream. Yet for Western governments, interventions into this sensitive international arena can prove disastrously counter-productive. A policy focus on reactive aid conditionality and public condemnation by Western leaders has only served to fuel accusations of colonialism and further marginalise LGBT Africans. Thus far, it appears that the impact of the transnational LGBT rights movement has been overwhelmingly negative in Africa.
LGBT rights remains a difficult foreign policy space to navigate, raising questions of where Western intervention in the affairs of African nations is proportionate and appropriate, and crucially whether it can be successful. So what could effective foreign policy regarding LGBT rights in Africa look like? Possible solutions for Western governments can be found in low-key diplomacy, and an Afro-centric…
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