Immigration Asylum Chamber to treat Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ asylum appeal as a Libya Country Guidance case (20 April 2017)

Date: 20/04/2017

Duncan Lewis, Main Solicitors, Immigration Asylum Chamber to treat Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ asylum appeal as a Libya Country Guidance case

Duncan Lewis Solicitors is currently representing a Libyan national in an asylum appeal against a decision by the Secretary of State dated September 2015 for the Home Department to refuse asylum.

As Duncan Lewis prepares this Country Guidance case, which will be heard at the Upper Tribunal of the Immigration Asylum Chamber, it will seek to argue that asylum or humanitarian protection should be granted as it is highly likely that the appellant will be at risk of indiscriminate violence, unlawful killing and/or abduction if ordered to return to Libya due to the current deteriorating security situation in the country. Duncan Lewis will look to argue that the appeal should be successful on the basis that that there is an armed conflict in Libya putting civilians at risk of serious harm from indiscriminate violence. Alternatively, on the basis that such indiscriminate violence exists along the putative routes of return.

This case will focus in particular on the deteriorating situation in Libya before turning to address the issues relevant to the case itself.

The Country Guidance case will enable the Upper Tribunal to provide guidance on: Is the appellant at risk under Article 15 (c) if returned to Libya?, If Article 15 (c) applies, can the appellant reasonably relocate to another part of Libya which is perceived to hold a lower risk?, and assessing the risk being faced by those failed asylum seeker returnees expected to travel overland along the putative routes of return.

Duncan Lewis is of the view that there are many asylum cases concerning Libyan nationals in the UK that are stayed (waiting) behind this Country Guidance case until guidance on these matters have been clarified by the Tribunal.

It is likely that the outcome of this Duncan Lewis case will have a key and important impact on a significant number of Libyan asylum cases that are pending or closed. Although Duncan Lewis is unable to comment on individual cases, any questions in relation to the current law or evidence faced by Libyan asylum cases then please contact Directors of Immigration Sangita Shah and/or Bahar Ata.

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