This is a follow-up post on local humanist, Mohammed Aly’s, prolonged fight for refugee status (see his post from 2019 here). Congratulations Mohammed.

”Unusual for the Home Office to concede like that.” These were the congratulations words I received from Amnesty UK when the fight was finally at an end

It had taken four and a half years, going as far as the Court of Appeal, to finally arrive at this point: withdrawing the Home Office ‘incorrect’ refusal decision, exposing the ignorance of some immigration judges, and finally granting me refugee status.

I believe that, in initial proceedings, some immigration judges had failed to protect my fundamental human right to Freedom of Thought, Conscience and Religion, to which the UK is obligated as a signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights and the Refugee Convention.

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the Court of Appeal, where it was obviously understood that it is vitally important in a democracy for individual judges and the judiciary as a whole to be impartial and independent of all external pressures, and to have a proper regard to the full facts of the case.