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An important legal victory in the Court of Appeal has advanced the work of a filmmaker and campaigner from Goldsmiths, University of London.
Professor Sue Clayton has been campaigning for two years on the issue of the child refugees who were left abandoned in Calais despite the fact that many had a strong legal case to be brought to safety in the UK.
Today (3 October 2018), following a challenge brought by charity Help Refugees, judges ruled that a number of child asylum seekers assessed for transfer to the UK under Section 67 of the 2016 Immigration Act – known as ‘the Dubs Amendment’ after its proposer Lord Alfred Dubs – were given “patently inadequate” reasons for being refused entry.
The decision means that the case of 37 children Sue identified in the Calais Jungle can move forward. Her film Calais Children: A Case to Answer has been screened over 200 times in six countries, and formed the basis of a legal challenge brought by her team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors, and heard in the High Court in February and March this year.
Sue said: “It’s been so frustrating having our judgment held for over six months while the Help Refugees case was settled. But the success of their judgment today is fantastic news. It means that the principle of the Home Office having acted unlawfully has been established by the court.
“Now we hope our case, which involves “ZS”, our lead client from Afghanistan, and 36 others, from war-torn countries with the youngest aged nine, will follow the same route and bring safety to these 37 kids who are waiting for a positive outcome.
“Of around a thousand unaccompanied children still abandoned and homeless in France, at least 20 have died in the last two years, either trafficked, abused, killed on the road or gone missing. Dubs was a lifeline, and it was not used to save these children as it should have been, now we have the court’s backing on this in principle and hope our judgment will follow soon and establish it practice. Two of our kids have recently made suicide attempts; the next phase – our judgment – can’t come soon enough.”
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Great news that Safe Passage won their case on Appeal. This was to criticise the Home Office for not acting quickly enough on Dublin lll, the EU regulation that says unaccpmpanied minors in Europe with families in another European country (in this case UK) should be allowed to proceed to that country to have their case heard there.
Home Office did not advise thse young people correctly, actively restricted their claims under EU regulation, and then did not present full information to the court at prior stages of the hering. Great that the Appeal court ruled in their favour.
Meanwhile the two challenges to the Dubs Amendment, Help Refugees and our case, ZS and Others, still await judgment, and police violence against minors in Calais and Dunkerque (paid for by the British as well as the French ) continues…
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Calais Children is a film and live campaign by Sue Clayton. It is a compelling 62-minute film following the scandal of what happened to the almost 2000 lone children who were in the Calais Jungle as it burned down last year – most of whom had a legal case to be in the UK.
What went wrong?
Where are they now?
And what can we do about it?
THANK YOU FOR HELPING US KEEP GOING!
We continue to fundraise to support the young people in this film and others Sue has met since, who are still in France and Belgium, and have suffered terribly over the winter. We also continue to screen around the country, (see UPCOMING SCREENINGS) and continue our legal challenge. You can support us through the DONATE page here. Get in touch if you’d like to organise a screening or fundraiser in your local area, though the CONTACT SUE page. Thank you all!
What is the ZS Case?
ZS is one of the ‘Calais Children’ who has taken the Home Office to court, arguing that the selection criteria for bringing kids to the UK during the demolition of the Jungle in Sept. 2016 was unfair and lacked transparency.
CALAIS CHILDREN served as evidence when the ZS case went to the High Court for Judicial Review.
The case has been brought to court by the Duncan Lewis Public Law team who I brought to the Jungle in 2016, on behalf of the kids we identified who should have been brought to the UK under Dubs. We will hear the result in 2 months. This ruling will set a precedent for all further ‘Dubs’ kids, as it will decide whether the Home Office acted unlawfully over the Dubs Amendment. Read about it in the Guardian or on the Goldsmiths University website.
As always, thank you for your ongoing support x