Articles tagged with: Immigration/extradition
By Geoffrey Bindman
The recent story of three women being freed after an alleged 30 years held captive in a South London house has aroused enormous public interest. It is a shocking example of modern day slavery. Perhaps it is so shocking because we assume that the very practice of slavery no longer exists here; that it lives on only in the history books.
This apparent case of modern day slavery is certainly very different from the slavery we know from the 18th century and earlier. Yet it is a practice that …
By Lyndon Harris
Legal Aid demo
Chris Grayling and his Ministry of Justice colleagues are plotting to decimate legal aid and generally destroy the criminal justice system. Unsurprisingly, the legal profession are not taking this lying down.
Here are some blogs exploring the issues, and (should you need convincing) explaining why you should care about the justice system in the UK. After all, it could be you who is wrongly accused of a crime, perhaps you accidently hit a pedestrian in your car, or maybe you act in self-defence but the police decide …
By Sarah Plaka
Last night a panel discussion was held in the Houses of Parliament to discuss the recently announced rule changes on family migration to the UK from outside the EU.
The event, entitled The new family migration rules: dividing families, disrupting integration, was co-organised by the Migrants’ Rights Network and the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) and was chaired by Lord Judd. Panellists included Virendra Sharma MP, Kate Green MP, Fiona Mactaggart MP, Don Flynn, director of Migrants’ Rights Network, and Keith Vaz MP.
The panel outlined the rule changes …
By Guy Skelton
The past few months have seen a great many column inches dedicated to the issue of extradition. The dismissal of the extradition challenges by Abu Hamza and others has led to many commentators heaping praise on the ECtHR for making the correct choice in granting the extradition of these men to the US. The attempt by the Home Secretary to deport Abu Qatada to Jordan continues to stimulate debate and raise erudite procedural issues.
With so much focus on the extradition of alleged terrorists, one could be forgiven for …
By Stephen Hockman
Last week was a pretty eventful one for politics and politicians, especially on the human rights front. A brief stock take might be as follows:
Although it seems to be common ground that Abu Qatada represents a threat to the UK and deserves to be deported, he has not been convicted or even charged with an offence here. One might surmise that if and when the obstacles to the deployment of intercept evidence are finally overcome, this kind of anomaly will less frequently arise.
Given that the European Court of …