Harriet Nakigudde Wins Right to Remain
A lesbian asylum seeker, who faced deportation to Uganda, has won the right to remain in the UK. Campaigners warned that Harriet Nakigudde, 30, risked persecution and imprisonment if returned to Uganda. The Home Office had attempted to deport Ms Nakigudde, dismissing her testimony and rejecting the fact that she's gay. A previous failed attempt to deport the 30-year-old in May resulted in her collapsing whilst boarding a plane. The stress of her legal fight has taken its toll on Ms Nakigudde. She has lost weight and suffered from ill health, having been detained at the Yarl's Wood immigration removal centre for several months.
On Thursday, the African LGBTI Out and Proud Diamond Group (OPDG) announced that an immigration judge had ruled in Ms Nakigudde's favour. "I am so happy, so relieved and over the moon," Ms Nakigudde told PinkNews.co.uk. "At last I have my freedom and I can live my life. I am so happy that the judge believed me because the Home Office representative was trying to make me out as a liar."
"I would like to thank everyone that has supported me. I would like to thank PinkNews, the Out and Proud Diamond Group, and all of the public for helping me."
Read more;: Pink News, <>01/08/14
Radha Naran Patel awarded £125,000 Damages Against Home Office
Te award was for general and aggravated damages and as damages under the HRA and a further £15,000 in exemplary damages
The judgment concerns the claimant's claim for substantial general, aggravated and exemplary damages for false imprisonment and damages under articles 5, 8 and 14 of the Human Rights Act.
These damages were claimed for her unlawful detention, for the malicious and deliberate bullying and ill-treatment that she suffered when she was interrogated in detention, for the concoction and fabrication of admissions that she was alleged to have made in interviews which were known by the interviewing IO to be false and the opposite of what she was answering and for her unlawful detention that was ultra vires, imposed for an ulterior purpose, whose imposition was an abuse of power and the decision for which was unreasonable, irrational and taken without considering what should have been considered and having considered what should not have been considered.
These damages were also claimed for her treatment following her detention. She was unlawfully released from detention on temporary admission which she should have been released with 6 months leave to enter. She was then subjected to a series of unlawful actions and decisions whose ulterior and unlawful purpose was to mislead the FtT and the Administrative Court, to cover up the unlawful her which would retrospectively but unlawfully have validated those detention decisions.
As a result of all of these unlawful actions, omissions and decisions, the claimant's claim succeeds and she is awarded a total of £110,000 in general and aggravated damages and as damages under the HRA and a further £15,000 in exemplary damages.
Boko Haram and Nigerian Military Both Accused of War Crimes
The Nigerian army has been accused of perpetrating war crimes in parts of the country already ravaged by Boko Haram's violence. Fresh evidence of multiple atrocities and summary executions carried out by both sides of the conflict has been gathered by Amnesty International.
Gruesome footage of one incident, which was too graphic to show, appears to show soldiers slitting the throats of suspected Boko Haram members and dumping them in a mass grave. The video, showing men being pinned down on the edge of the bloody pit before being killed one at a time, is one of several published by Amnesty International in a report on the ongoing conflict. Boko Haram's bomb attacks, massacres and summary killings have continued almost unchallenged since the start of the Islamist insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria in 2010.
Read more: Lizzie Dearden, Indpendent, <>05/08/14
Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - June 2014
7 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and none improved in July 2014, according to CrisisWatch N°132
Deteriorated Situations: Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan
Afghanistan: Abdullah Abdullah, one of the two candidates in the presidential run-off elections, rejected preliminary results of the second round of voting showing his opponent, former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani, to be in the lead (see our latest commentary). With tensions rising and Abdullah's supporters urging him to declare a parallel government, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry intervened in mid-July and brokered an agreement between the candidates requiring an audit of all ballot boxes. The audit began on 17 July but was quickly complicated by delays and procedural disagreements between the two camps, ultimately leading to its postponement until early August. Meanwhile, violence across the country continued to increase, with numerous attacks reported including in the capital Kabul.
Iraq: Army and political leadership have made no tangible progress in responding to June's territorial gains by jihadi and other rebel groups across the country's north-west. A poorly-planned 15 July assault to recapture Tikrit failed while the jihadis leading the takeover, the Islamic State (formerly ISIL), moved to consolidate control in captured areas, eliminate Sunni rivals and destroy religious sites. Politicians in Baghdad continued jockeying for positions following April's parliamentary elections, with Prime Minister Maliki showing no sign of wavering in his demand to retain his post. Unprecedented tensions also arose between Maliki and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) over Kurdish territorial gains, boycotts of cabinet sessions and increasing calls for independence. (See our latest report and commentary.)
Israel-Palestine: Increasing tensions culminated in Israel launching "Operation Protective Edge" in Gaza in early July (see our latest report and commentary). The assault, which started as an aerial campaign and was later extended to include ground operations, reportedly killed more than 1,400 Palestinians throughout the month while 64 Israelis were killed in clashes inside the Gaza Strip and by Hamas rocket fire. Several attempts at reaching a ceasefire agreement failed in July. Israel backed proposals demanding a cessation of hostilities as a prerequisite for negotiating a long-term truce, while Hamas insisted that ceasefire modalities not agreed to during the fighting would never be addressed. As CrisisWatch goes to press there are reports that a three-day humanitarian ceasefire announced 1 August has already collapsed.
Libya: Security units affiliated with Islamist-leaning Libya Revolutionaries' Operation Room (LROR) clashed with Zintan militias over control of Tripoli airport, leaving scores dead. Many were also reported killed in ongoing violence between various government forces and militias in Benghazi during the second half of the month. The UN and most embassies evacuated their staff throughout the month citing security concerns. A newly-elected parliament faces challenges convening due to the ongoing violence: even if it does convene, its ability to find consensus on a way to tackle the country's escalating insecurity is uncertain.
Pakistan: Army operations against tribal militants in Pakistan's North Waziristan region caused mass displacement and left residents without adequate humanitarian assistance. The FATA Disaster Management Authority registered nearly one million IDPs fleeing operations by 22 July. The military restricted the work of foreign aid organisations and local NGOs, leaving people to rely on the charity fronts of jihadi organisations.
Somalia: Al-Shabaab stepped up its attacks across Somalia during the holy month of Ramadan, killing dozens of government and security officials. The Somali Federal Government fired its police and intelligence chiefs after an attack on the presidential palace in early July. Tribal violence and tensions over the creation of a new federal state continued in south central.
South Sudan: Conflict escalated further as fighting broke out in new areas of Greater Bahr el Ghazal and both the government and SPLM in Opposition (SPLM-IO) launched offensives that displaced thousands, including a government attack on a World Food Programme distribution site. Tensions grew in the three Equatorian states, taking the form of demands for a federal government structure and frustrations over the perceived Dinka monopoly on state power. The EU imposed its first sanctions and renewed its arms embargo amid calls for the UN Security Council to follow suit. (See our recent Conflict Alert and commentary on civil society.)
Improved Situations: None
August 2014 Outlook: Conflict Risk Alert
Syria's northern armed opposition looks increasingly precarious. In the past month, opposition fighters were defeated by rival rebels from the jihadi group the Islamic State (formerly ISIL) in the eastern province Deir al-Zour while regime forces made progress in encircling rebels in Aleppo. Setbacks faced by the increasingly disorganised and poorly armed moderate opposition factions in Aleppo could provide an opportunity for IS to push further west (see our latest commentary). Meanwhile, IS and regime forces were increasingly drawn into direct confrontation as a consequence of their respective gains. IS reportedly seized a gas field east of Homs in mid-July and later took control of regime bases in Raqqa and Hassakeh provinces.
Conflict Resolution Opportunity: None
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