New Iraq Country Information Notes: Current key considerations in claims for Humanitarian Protection

An updated Country Information Note on Iraq has now been published: Country policy and information note: security and humanitarian situation, Iraq, November 2018, Version 5.0, 19 November 2018.  This is to be considered in conjunction with the Note published last month: Country policy and information note: internal relocation, civil documentation and returns, Iraq, October 2018.


Relevant County Guidance caselaw and other   pertinent cases remain the following:



Relevant previous blog posts:


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Just like that, High Court Judge says Kirkuk is no longer a contested area: Departure from AA(Iraq)?

So,  has a High Court Judge  really gone ahead and done what the Home Office  has been wanting  them to do these past months, ie indicate  some  sort of or indeed wholesale  “departure ”  from current country guidance  AA (Article 15(c)) (Rev 1) Iraq CG [2015] UKUT 544 (IAC)?


Sir Ross Cranston sitting as a Judge of the High Court has stated in Amin, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWHC 2417 (Admin)  that  “Kirkuk is no longer a contested area”.


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Obliterating AA: Home Office decision-makers instructed to no longer use “contested’ and ‘non-contested’ definitions in Iraqi security situations

The  Home Office  must have realised  that their previous August 2016  Policy Notes  could be readily  rubbished  at appeal  as they have now replaced most of those and  published further Notes  on  the security and humanitarian situation in Iraq:Country policy and information note: Security and humanitarian situation, Iraq, March 2017

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