Monthly Archives: October 2017

Government loses court case on asylum seeker detention

Seven victims of torture won a case against the Home Office over a policy which saw Asylum seekers fleeing persecution wrongly locked up in immigration detention centres across the UK.

They argued a government policy named “Adults at Risk” which was introduced in September 2016 defined torture too narrowly, meaning many vulnerable people were imprisoned despite doctors submitting evidence of torture and ill-treatment to the Home Office.

The judge ruled that the policy “lacked a rational or evidence basis” and that it “excludes certain individuals, whose experiences of the infliction of severe pain and suffering may indeed make them particularly vulnerable to harm in detention.”

The home office will now have to review 340 cases of detainees that have been persecuted but did not meet the new torture definition.

Ousman Noor starts access to justice project with SOAS; Uni of London.

Ousman Noor’s previous project, the Habeas Corpus Project, which provided free representation for Asylum Seekers and Migrants, was unfortunately dissolved in December 2016 due to lack of funding.  The project which was founded in July 2004 by Ousman, has helped over 200 Detainees with legal assistance and 37 were released.

Mr Noor has now taken on a new role as a teaching fellow, teaching Immigration and Asylum Law to students studying Law and Human Rights at SOAS. As part of the module, Mr Noor has implemented a practical project funded by SOAS which supports students in helping detainees make applications for funding from the Legal Aid Agency.