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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The Economic Cost of Homophobia

By on June 21, 2018

On 19th June 2018, we had the honour and privilege of attending the House of Lords for the launch of the Economic Cost of Homophobia, an illuminating report published by the Peter Tatchell Foundation. It was beyond words to have the opportunity to hear Peter Tatchell, Lord Fowler, and others speak on such a critical issue....

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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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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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Domestic Violence and Refugee Spouses

By on August 8, 2016

It is recognised that a foreign national spouse who has suffered domestic violence during the “probationary periods” of leave had a stark choice. Either she left the relationship and faced removal because the relationship were no longer subsisting, or she stayed in the abusive relationship until she can apply for indefinite leave to remain. However, in 1999 a concession was introduced. By virtue of this concession the applicant required instead of completing a probationary period to prove that they were the victim of domestic abuse. The Domestic Violence concession originally imposed stringent evidential requirements on applicants seeking to take advantage of it. They had to produce either an injunction or conviction or a police caution. In 2002 the evidential requirements were relaxed and the concession became part of the Rules themselves....

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Case Study: Seeking Asylum for a victim of the war in Syria

By on February 26, 2014

Our client is a 19 year old who was arrested by the Syrian authorities for acting as a journalist for the opposition. He was detained for many months in Syria and during his detention he was tortured and ill-treated. He left Syria on 10th June 2013, travelled to Jordan and then to Egypt and from Egypt he travelled on a small boat with about 60 people.  The boat sank, but he survived and made his way to Italy. After arriving in Europe in Italy, he travelled to the UK where he claimed asylum in August 2013....

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MD (Same sex males and risk) India 2014

By on February 14, 2014

Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code 1860 criminalises same sex sexual activity.  On 2nd July 2009 the Delhi High Court declared section 377 Indian Penal Code to be in violation of the Indian Constitution in so far as it criminalises consensual sexual acts between adults in private.  However, in a Judgement of 11th December 2013 the Supreme Court found the declaration of the Delhi High Court to be legally unsustainable....

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