General information - February 2020

Anti-Deportation News  - February 2020

Many Asylum Seekers Arrive in Europe Legally, EU Agency Says

Importance of Public Interest Grounds in Long Residency Applications

‘Misconceived’: ECtHR Chief Hits Back At Lord Sumption Over Rights

Britain Claims It’s Open For Business But Not With Low-Skilled Immigrants

Updated Policy Statement on Relocation Support of Unaccompanied Refugee Children

Afghanistan: Civilian Casualties Exceed 10,000 For Sixth Straight Year

World Failing to Provide Children With a Healthy Life and A Climate Fit For Their Future

Impact of Family Separation on Child Refugees In the UK

What is “Persecution” Under the Refugee Convention?

Urgent Need to Rekindle Hope For Millions Of Afghan Refugees

Alarm About Worsening Conditions For Newly Displaced In Eastern DRC

The ‘Crisis’ of Legal Advice in Immigration Detention

Darkest Decade For Indian Democracy

Over 55,000 Grave Crimes Committed Against Children in African Conflict Zones in Five Years

Violence, Drought, Flooding, Locust Invasion Devastates Horn Of Africa 

Hundreds of Salvadorans Deported by USA Killed Or Abused

Unlawful Detention Deemed Even Less Graceful

Death of Immigration Detainee Prince Kwabena

Combating Human Trafficking and Disappearances of Refugee Children

Home Office Seeks Man’s Deportation to Country he Never Visited

Legal Articles - UK - Commons/Lords  - ECtHR/European Union - February 2020

M.A. and Others v. Bulgaria Expulsion Would Breach Articles 2 & 3

Vulnerable Adult Witnesses in Immigration Appeals

Residence Requirements for Partners

Second Appeals Test in Immigration Law

Surinder Singh Route Still Requires Genuine Residence

Can Spouses of British Citizens Naturalise After Just Three Years’ Residence in the UK?

Terrorism Suspects Are Still Entitled to Immigration Bail

Overstaying and Applying For Further Leave To Remain

AC (Algeria), R v SSHD [2020] EWCA Civ 36 (28 January 2020)

Asylum Research Consultancy (ARC)  Country of Information Update Vol. 210

Continuing Conflicts That Create Refugees - February 2020

 Deteriorated Situations: Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Somalia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Nigeria, Venezuela, Israel/Palestine, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen.

 Conflict Risk Alerts: Central African Republic, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen.

In January, the security situation in the Sahel deteriorated, especially in central Mali, western Niger and northern Burkina Faso, where suspected jihadists inflicted a heavy toll on civilians. In Nigeria, Boko Haram stepped up attacks and jihadist group Ansaru claimed its first attack since 2013.
Al-Shabaab intensified deadly raids in Kenya, and violence rose in Cameroon’s Anglophone areas and eastern DR Congo. Political tensions increased in Somalia’s Galmudug state and Guinea-Bissau, and security forces hardened a crackdown in neighbouring Guinea.
February could see fighting erupt in Somalia’s Gedo region, escalate in the Central African Republic, and resurge in South Sudan where leaders face a new deadline to form a unity government.
The U.S.’s killing of Soleimani caused U.S.-Iran tensions to soar, and Iraq felt the brunt of the fallout. Fighting intensified in northern Yemen and across the Yemen-Saudi Arabia border raising the risk that violence spread.
Fighting looks set to escalate in north west Syria as Turkish forces strike back against government troops. The U.S.’s release of its peace plan for Israel-Palestine triggered an angry backlash and in Lebanon clashes between protesters and security forces intensified.
Venezuela’s political crisis deepened, but on the up side, the security situation in El Salvador improved, a key insurgent group in Thailand joined formal peace talks, Kosovo’s three-month political deadlock ended, and February could see a deal between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan to resolve their dispute over the Nile waters.

Read more: International Crisis Group,

Essential Tools for Asylum Seekers/Un-DocumentedMigrants/Immigrants/Anti-Deportation Campaigners

US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – the Human Rights Reports – cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements.

See also US: International Religious Freedom ReportsTrafficking-in-Person ReportsU.S. Treaty ReportsUniversal Period Review; and the Advancing Freedom and Democracy Reports.

State of the World’s Human Rights - Amnesty International Report 2017/18

UNHCR Protection Manual- as of January 2018

HRW World Report 2018: Demagogues Threaten Human Right

34 Deaths Across the UK Detention Estate - Suicide/Murder/Undetermined