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CJEU rules that Member States are not obliged to grant refugees humanitarian visas

Judgment in Case C-638/16 PPU X and X v État beige

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that refugees do not have to be granted humanitarian visas to the EU, even in circumstances where there is a risk of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment.

Immigration & Asylum

Article 8 is engaged in considering eviction based on breach of navigation licence

ECHR Art. 8

High Court rules that serious harm test applies to tweets


Court of Appeal refuses to disclose Sergeant Blackman video clips due to threat to life

R v Alexander Blackman; and BBC, ITN, Times Newspapers Ltd, British Sky Broadcasting, Guardian News and Media and Associated Newspapers Ltd and Ministry of Defence [2017] EWCA Crim 326

The Court of Appeal refused to release some of the video footage which showed Sergeant Alexander Blackman killing an injured disarmed Taliban insurgent.  It was held that it would significantly endanger a large number of people and could be used to radicalise terrorists.

Disclosure, Media

Child born with congenital disabilities as a result of incestuous rape not entitled to compensation

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority v First Tier Tribunal (Social entitlement Chamber) and Y by his mother and Litigation Friend [2017 EWCA Civ 139

The Court of Appeal held that a child born as a result of incestuous rape was unable to claim compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS) for his congenital disabilities.  These disabilities were 50% likely in the case of this child, compared to a 2-3% likelihood for the general population.

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