Syrian Refugees Welcome Here Demonstration

The Movement Against Xenophobia and the Syrian Solidarity Movement is to hold a demonstration outside the Home Office at 06:30 PM on Monday, 16 June 2014. The demonstration calls on the UK to dramatically increase the number of Syrian refugees it pledged to take. The leaflet for the demonstration below, spread the word.

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Support constitutional amendments in Burma

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We just signed the petition "Government of Australia: Support the constitutional amendments in Burma" on Change.org.

It's important. If you want to sign it too click here.

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Amnesty International needs Bernard Mboueyeu

Dear All,

Paul Dillane, Refugee Researcher - Refugee Programme, of Amnesty International UK is looking for Bernard Mboueyeu, a Cameroonian national featured in an online Guardian piece yesterday.

The Guardian article detailed the plight of Bernard, a Cameroonian national whom the UK Border Agency are trying to remove. Bernard fears persecution and jail on return to Cameroon and this is the second time the UKBA are attempting to remove him. Bernard married Sharon, a charity worker in 2010. Bernard is a step-dad to Sharon’s children and also a step-grandard. The UKBA appears not to dispute this, but have asked Bernard to return to Cameroon, risking persecution and jail, in order to apply for entry clearance to come back as Sharon’s spouse. Quite how they consider that reasonable is another question.

So, if anyone knowns Bernard ask him to contact Paul on 0207 033 1575.

Thanks!



UNHCR recommends suspension of forced returns to Mali

The UNHCR set out its new position regarding returns to Mali.

The UNHCR recommends the suspension of forced returns of nationals and habitual residents of Mali until the security and human rights situation has stabilised to the extent that it is safe to resume returns. The security in Mali deteriorated since the coup on 22 March 2012. This led to large scale displacements into neighbouring countries.

The position paper can be found here.

The boy Mir

The Royal Geographical Society are screening a movie called ‘The Boy Mir’ on Wednesday, 28 September 2011. The film follows Mir’s real life story in Afghanistan over the last 10 years, starting at 8 years old. The screening on Wednesday is the UK premier, and doors open at 6:30 pm with the screening commencing at 7:00 pm.

For more details and for the box office click here.

The UKBA and Country Reports

The UKBA is responsible for considering asylum applications. In order to do so effectively they must fully take into account relevant information from the applicant's application and evidence, and then review it in conjunction with available country of origin information, as well as other relevant factors.

The UKBA’s department called the Country of Origin Information Service (COIS) collates and summarises information on countries giving rise to asylum claims in the UK. It was the use of those reports that the Independent Chief Inspector investigated between October 2010 and May 2010. The ICI concluded:

  • The UKBA needs to adopt a consistent approach to the use of COIS reports;
  • 17% of decisions demonstrated a selective use of COI reports or contained assertions which the full range of country information did not support;
  • the information in the COI reports was sometimes used selectively or otherwise inappropriately in decision making;
  • COI was also included selectively in statements of policy with the risk that case owners could make decisions without taking into account all available evidence;
  • there was no consistent coordination of the various COI documents produced by the Agency; and
  • in the absence of a COI report, case owners operated very different approaches to researching COI and there was no mechanism to pool obtained knowledge.

The ICI said that the reports play a vital part in ensuring that decision makers are equipped with the most up-to-date and accurate information about conditions in other countries, but improvements needed to be made, and we wholeheartedly agree.

The full report can be found here.

Libyans in the UK

The UKBA accepts that Libyans in the UK may be unable to return due to the current situation in Libya. The UKBA asks that you keep proof of original travel plans as evidence of your intention to comply with your original visa requirements. They ask that you monitor the situation, and make arrangements to return as soon as it is safe to do so.

The UKBA does not, however, confirm how any future immigration applications will be considered if you are forced to overstay your leave. It is likely ... Read More...