Issue 145 - 29th June 2009

Monday 29 June 2009

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This week the Children's Society and Bail for Immigration Detainees published a report on the UK Border Agency's A2D (Alternative to Detention) project, which took place in Millbank, Kent from 2007-2008. The project received £1 million in funding from the Home Office, but it resulted in the removal of only one family. View

You can read the Agency's response to the report here: View

To commemorate the International Day against Torture, the Council of Europe has called on member states to implement its now three year old recommendations following allegations that some of them had assisted in rendition flights and secret detentions in Europe. The Council has noted that some member state governments have expressed remorse, but there has been no action to close the legal and administrative gaps which allowed these violations of human rights originally to take place. View

Human Rights Watch have noted that the notoriously abusive Iranian prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi, has been put in charge of the investigation of detained reformist leaders and party officials amidst a widening security crackdown in Iran following the disputed June 12th election. View

The UNHCR has sponsors the publishing and launch of a book this week on the influence of Islam and Arab tradition on modern-day international refugee law. The book was released this week in Saudi Arabia, at a ceremony addressed by High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. View


The Court of Appeal, on an appeal from the tribunal determination of KH Iraq [2008] UKAIT 00023 has decided in QD (Iraq) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2009] EWCA Civ 620 that in determining whether Directive 2004/83 art.15(c) applied the critical question was whether, in the relevant country or region, such a high level of indiscriminate violence that substantial grounds existed for believing that the individual would, solely by being present there, face a real risk which threatened his life or person. View


Two courses from HJT Training in London. On Tuesday June 30th, from 4 - 7 pm - "Challenging the Tribunal", a practical guide to review and reconsideration, presented by Geri Peterson. On Wednesday July 8th between 09:00 to 17:00 - Advocacy in the AIT. View


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