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Online Petition: Stop the Deportation of Nadar Abood to Sudan
'Women from the Far West' based in Britain are campaigning to stop the proposed imminent deportation of Dr. Nadar Abood. She has been taken to Yarl's Wood IRC, her removal date has been set for the 26th January. There are very strong grounds for belief that she faces a strong likelihood of persecution, including arrest, imprisonment and torture, if returned to Sudan.

Dr. Abood faces particular threats, not only because of her Berti ethnic origin, but also because of the efforts she has undertaken to supply medicines to civilians in desperate need of assistance in Darfur, where hundreds of thousands of people are lacking humanitarian assistance because of the blockade imposed by the Government of Sudan. Three expert reports support her case: Dan Morrison (National Geographic), Gillian Lusk (Africa Confidential) and Jerome Tubiana (International Crisis Group).

A recent ruling by the European Court of Human Rights concluded that the proposed return to Sudan of two Sudanese nationals from Darfur would amount to ill-treatment, in this case, given their non-Arab ethnicity and supposed affiliation with opposition groups in Sudan. In both cases, the court referred to the applicant's ethnic origin which attracted unwanted attention and violence from government authorities and the Janjaweed in Sudan.

We are deeply concerned for the safety of Dr. Abood if the Home office proceed with her deportation to Sudan.

Please Sign Online Petition Nadar <>here . . . .

With thanks, 'Women from the Far West'
http://womenfromthefarwest.org.uk/nadar-abood/


JCWI:"Immigration Law Training for Students"

This is an intensive course aimed at students wishing to become lawyers/paralegals. The course aims to ensure a substantial amount of practical law and procedure is learned in a short space of time. During the course there will be interaction and practical work-shops based on real cases studies as examples. At the end of each day you will take part in a quick- fire quiz to test your growing knowledge. The course includes a visit to the First Tier Tribunal (Taylor House-Angel/Islington) and a 3 hours experience within the JCWI Legal office working with real-life files and exposure to work within a Legal Practice to cement the theory with practical work.

In addition, those who wish to apply for internship with JCWI will be encouraged to do so. Selected candidates will be offered a 3 month internship which will allow them to get daily legal practice in a thriving Immigration and Human Rights department.

Learning Outcomes

- The course aims to equip you with a practical knowledge and skills to be an immigration caseworker

- The course is designed to give you all the necessary tools to enhance your chance of finding work

- The course will give you greater skills and options if you are seeking work or a career change.

For full information and book on the course please visit http://www.jcwi.org.uk/training/courses-students or contact lucia on 0207 553 7466

Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI)
Campaigning for Justice in Immigration, Nationality & Asylum Law & Policy since 1967


Highest Amounts of Compensation for 'Illegal' Detention

Financial years 2012/3 and 2013/4 and to date in the current financial year

2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
£125,000.00 £155,000.00 £125,000.00
£100,000.00 £125,000.00 £115,000.00
£92,500.00 £100,000.00 £90,500.00
£86,000.00 £100,000.00 £72,500.00
£82,000.00 95,000.00 68,000.00
75,000.00 90,000.00 47,500.00
72,500.00 85,000.00 43,500.00
70,000.00 75,000.00 42,000.00
70,000.00 75,000.00 40,000.00
65,000.00 70,000.00 39,000.00

 

Refused Asylum Seekers Fighting to Stay Must Pay for Own Travel
In a rule change to be enforced by the Home Office from January 26, refused asylum seekers will no longer be permitted to submit new evidence that could help their case at local Immigration Reporting Centre. Instead they will have to travel to Liverpool to present any new submissions. Claiments will have to make their own travel arrangements and pay the full cost, including if they cannot return to their home town the same day, overnight accommodation.

The rule change will apply to asylum seekers who have had their initial applications rejected by the Home Office. Many rejected asylum seekers about 25%, win on appeal, there are fears the new arrangements will deter vulnerable people from fighting to remain.


EDM 714: Change to Rules on Submitting New Evidence in Asylum Cases

That this House expresses concern that the Home Office has made a rule change, due to be enforced on 26 January 2015, that asylum seekers who have been refused leave to remain will have to submit evidence in person in Liverpool regarding their case, regardless of where they are living; notes that asylum seekers who have been refused leave to remain can under current arrangements present evidence at a local centre; further notes that this means it is more affordable for charities, other organisations and individuals to help pay for an asylum seeker's travel fare or volunteer to take somebody who cannot use public transport due to a disability or other reasons; expresses further concern that the rule change will make it much harder for asylum seekers to present evidence which may be crucial to correctly resolving their case; and urges the Government to abandon this rule change and ensure that people seeking protection in the UK are able to present evidence relating to their case.

Sponsors: Huppert, Julian / Teather, Sarah / Durkan, Mark / Hancock, Mike / Bottomley, Peter / House of Commons: 20.01.2015

Put your MP to work demand they sign EDM 714
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EDM 709: Immigration Rules Minimum Income Threshold
That this House condemns the arbitrary nature of the minimum income threshold in the Immigration Rules; notes that the requirement for citizens to be earning at least £18,600 for their non-EU family members to be able to migrate to the UK unfairly discriminates against those who live in areas of the country with lower wages, and those who may have an income below £18,600 but are still able to accommodate a family member, such as pensioners; further notes a study by Middlesex University which found that the financial requirement costs the Government money due to the loss of migrants' economic activity; and calls on the Government to introduce more flexibility into the financial threshold to ensure that families are not unnecessarily kept apart.

Sponsors: Harvey, Nick / Riordan, Linda / Brooke, Annette / Jackson, Glenda / Kaufman, Gerald / Hemming, John House of Commons: 19.01.2015


Spain: Legislation on Immigration/Asylum will Breach Human Rights
"The proposed amendments to the Aliens Act aimed at legalising push-backs of migrants arriving in Ceuta and Melilla currently discussed in Spain are in clear breach of human rights law. The Spanish authorities should reconsider them and ensure that any future legislation fully abides by Spain's international obligations, which include ensuring full access to an effective asylum procedure, providing protection against refoulement and refraining from collective expulsions", said today Nils Mui?nieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, concluding a visit to Melilla and Madrid that started on 13 January.

The Commissioner stressed that these fundamental human rights safeguards can never be waived, irrespective of the challenges that the management of migration flows may pose in certain contexts. "Migration is certainly a complex issue which requires a concerted European response, but this does not exempt individual States from their obligations. Spain has the right to establish its own immigration and border management policies, but at the same time it must uphold its human rights obligations, in particular those assumed under the European Convention on Human Rights and the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees."
Read more: Council of Europe, <>16/01/15


Last updated 23 January, 2015