Issue 105 - 8th September 2008

Monday 8 September 2008

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The Political Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is organising a hearing on "Private military and security firms and the erosion of the state monopoly on the use of force" in Paris on 10 September 2008 with the participation of parliamentarians from its 47 member states, experts and a representative of a private security firm. More info.

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg released a special report on the human rights situation in the areas affected by the South Ossetia conflict, referring to it as a humanitarian disaster, with a devastating effect on the human rights of the population. More info.

The Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) recorded deep shock at the violent death of Magomed Yevloyev, prominent journalist and owner of the website, which occurred on 31 August in a vehicle of the Ingush authorities. More info.


In Elgafaji (Case C‑465/07; 9 Septmeber 2008) Advocate General Maduro gave his Opinion on the meaning of Article 15(c) of the Refugee Qualification Directive. Protection should run where the person concerned demonstrates that he runs a real risk of threats to his life or person in situations of international or internal armed conflict by reason of indiscriminate violence which is so serious that it cannot fail to represent a likely and serious threat to that person.


Glasgow Immigration Practitioners' Group is co-hosting along with the Scottish Refugee Council and the Murray Stable a conference on statutory review on Monday 24th November. The conference will be held at the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow City Centre. The keynote speaker will be Lord Reed, one of the Court of Session judges and a specialist in human rights law.

There is a course on Challenging immigration decisions, appeal rights and other remedies given by Steve Symonds of ILPA on Monday 8 September 2008, Leeds, 2.30-.415pm.

HJT Training are running a Deportation Appeals Course (Grace Brown) on Thursday 18 September from 16:00 to 19:00, http://www.hjt-



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