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As a direct access immigration barrister it is always as rewarding to find one of your cases reported. A few days ago I asked by an Immigration Judge for the citation to Ahmadi  (s. 47 decision: validity; Sapkota) [2012] UKUT 00147 (IAC) and was surprised to see that one of my cases had made its way to the ECHR and had been reported as Amtul AZIZ AND OTHERS v United Kingdom – 16668/12 17085/12 [2012] ECHR 653 (16 March 2012). This case relates a long standing Ahmadi family who have been the victims of persecution in Pakistan. They had been unsuccessful in the UK courts but the European Court of Human Rights granted a rule 39 indication which had the effect of preventing the SSHD from removing them.

The situation for Ahmadis in Pakistan is poor and appears to be getting worse. The Upper Tribunal have recently considered the issue of Ahmadis in a long country guidance case and I hope for a good result, the case being argued by Shivani Jegarajah and Colin Yeo will undoubtedly have been forcefully put

Paul Turner is a highly regarded Immigration Barrister who is licensed by the Bar Council to undertake Direct Public Access work and is based at 10 King’s Bench Walk, Temple, EC4Y 7EB