Homosexuality in Bangladesh

By on July 10, 2018

This year I went to Pride and I had a wonderful day.  In the crowds I watched CEMB marching to defend the rights of LGBT, apostates and blasphemers.  They protested because homosexuality is punishable by the death penalty. Peter Tatchell welcomed CEMB to the London parade stating, that they are doing an important, fearless work, exposing Islamic countries that have the death penalty not only for the LGBT people but also for Muslims who leave the faith, women who have sex outside marriage, and those who decent from Islamic orthodoxy....

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Fleeing Persecution on Religious Freedom Grounds

By on June 15, 2018

We represent many converts from Islam to Christianity and in particular we have close relations with the Coptic community.  Many times the Home Office ask questions which the church refers to as Bible trivia and hold that it is a very poor way of assessing conversion for asylum claims.  As a result, wrong decisions follow and appeals have to be pursued....

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Home Office Policy Paper About Procedures Post Brexit 2018

By on April 4, 2018

  1. Streamlined application system

A new system is being designed for this application process, with special care taken to support the applicants. User groups consisting of EU citizens living in the UK, digital, technical and legal experts have been set up to help design the scheme and ensure a smooth operation, so that user needs can be understood. The UK is designing a streamlined, user-friendly, digital application process, including an assisting digital service for those who need support to make an online application. The aim is to develop a system which uses existing government data to verify residence as a worker. The government will try to minimise the number of documents needed to make this verification....

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Unaccompanied Refugee Children

By on March 7, 2018

Under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 the Secretary of State must, as soon as possible, make arrangements to relocate to the UK and support a specified number of unaccompanied refugee children from other countries in Europe.  In 2016 the UK transferred over 900 unaccompanied asylum seeking children to the UK from Europe.  This included over 200 children pursuant to section 67 of the Immigration Act.  The Government announced that the actual number would be 480.  This is exclusive of the children transferred under the Family Reunion criteria of the Dublin Regulations. ...

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7 Year Child Rule – Best Interests of the Child | Immigration News

By on March 7, 2018

Article 3 of the Convention on the Rights Of The Child gives the child a right to have his or her best interests assessed and taken into account as a primary consideration in all actions that concerns him or her, both in the public and private sphere. The committee on the rights of the child identified this article as one of the four general principles of the convention for the interpretation and implementation of all of the rights of the child. The concept of a child’s best interests is aimed at ensuring both the full and effective enjoyment of all the rights recognised in the convention and the holistic development of the child. If a legal provision is open to more than one interpretation, the interpretation which most effectively serves the child’s best interests should be chosen....

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EU Regulations and Incapacity – Permanent Residence Application Refusal

By on February 20, 2018

We acted for an Algerian national who applied for a permanent residence card as confirmation of his right of permanent residence under the European Community law, as the husband of a French national.  The interesting element of it was that the EA national was a self-employed person, a worker, and a temporarily incapacitated person for the purpose of the relevant continuous period of five years relied upon.  The Home Office refused this application, stating that the husband failed to provide evidence that his wife had been engaged in economic activity as a self-employed person from April 2008 to October 2009 and was not satisfied that adequate evidence had been submitted to demonstrate that his wife had been temporarily incapacitated since September 2010. ...

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Home Office delivery of Brexit: immigration

By on February 20, 2018

The Home Affairs Committee concluded that the Government delays, uncertainty and under-resourcing leave the Borders and Immigration System unprepared for Brexit. The report which was published on 14th February 2018 by the Home Affairs Committee criticised the delay to the Immigration White paper and warns of serious problems for Immigration Service delivery and Border Security, as a result of lack of decisions, proper planning or sufficient resources. It raises serious questions about the Home Office’s ability to implement the system and the staffing required to deliver the proposed Brexit changes. The Committee heard the evidence of Danielle Cohen of Danielle Cohen Immigration Solicitors on 10th October 2017....

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Children’s Rights post-Brexit 2018

By on February 14, 2018

The Committee stage of the EU withdrawal bill will take place on 21st February 2018.  The Children’s Society has produced a briefing ahead of the Committee on the protection and promotion of children’s rights and Danielle Cohen Solicitors have endorsed and supported these briefings.  As our readers will know, by withdrawing from the European Union, the framework of human rights will also be withdrawn from.  These are the rights that ensure that children are protected.  The withdrawal Bill intends to bring existing EU legislation into UK law and Danielle Cohen Solicitors have endorsed the efforts of the Children’s Society, together with other organisations, protecting children’s rights and asking Parliament that the fundamental rights of children are not diluted.  As the Bill currently stands, the UK will no longer be party to the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and children will not automatically benefit from the rights protections that currently exist whilst the UK is still in Europe....

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Still Human, Still Here: Sexuality-Based Asylum Application Success

By on January 5, 2018


We represented an Appellant from Pakistan who was refused an asylum application on the basis of her being a lesbian. She claimed asylum in 2017 and came to us after her application was refused. We argued that the Appellant’s account was coherent and authentic and that she gave a clear account of her self-realisation of her identity as a lesbian. We made reference to the UNHCR guidance of sexual orientation claims, and that her experience and her cultural background explained her delay in claiming asylum. We argued that weight should be given to supporting letters and documentation and we argued that she would be at risk in Pakistan as a gay woman and could not relocate within Pakistan. We argued that there is no public interest in maintaining the refusal. ...

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