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UK immigration change ruled illegal
The government acted unlawfully in changes to the new points-based
changing immigration rules for highly system, based on education,
skilled workers who want to stay in previous salary and age, was ‘grossly
the UK, the High Court in London unfair’ and ‘a clear case of breach of
ruled this month. legitimate expectation’.
Government changes made in 2006 Between 2002 and the end of 2006,
could have meant that up to 44,000 when the government changed the
non-EU immigrants, who entered rules, 49,000 doctors, engineers,
Britain under the Highly Skilled accountants and other professionals
Migration Program (HSMP) would entered the UK under the HSMP.
have to leave the country. They were assessed on
But Judge Sir George Newman ruled qualifications, experience and earning
that the original scheme, introduced in ability, but change in the rules meant
2002, four such workers as doctors, anyone applying to extend their work
engineers and financiers, should be visa would have to use the new score
Last year, parliament’s Joint
honored, according to the BBC. points system.
Committee on Human Rights also
Skilled workers will now be able to “It is ironic that a government which
said the retrospective changes to the
apply for a two-year extension to their boasts itself as champions of human
new points-based system, which was
visas, then for a further three years rights around the globe is actually
introduced in February, were harsh,
before applying for settlement. playing with the lives of thousands of
unfair, and incompatible with the
The HSMP Forum group, which skilled immigrants and their families,”
Human Rights Act.
brought the case against the Forum member Chandrasekar
government, argued the retrospective Elangovan said at the start of the
Passion Islam
English clubs threatened with
penalties over religious abuse
English football clubs could the Guardian newspaper
be docked points from last month, is keen to
their league campaigns or extend its powers to impose
face playing games behind penalties.
closed doors as part of a Last month the French
new zero-tolerance policy side Metz received a one-
against fans who engage in point penalty after fans
Islamophobic or antisemitic abused Moroccan defender
abuse. Abdeslam Ouaddou, and
The threat is being UEFA also told the club to
made by the English play a match behind closed
Football Association (FA) doors, but no similar action
after a meeting with the has yet been taken in
Metropolitan police, the England.
Board of Deputies of British FA equality manager of referees.” Islamophobic investigation, but no
Jews and the National Lucy Faulkner said the abuse blighted last banning orders were issued
Association of Muslim association has “a 5- point August’s derby game against individual fans
Police in the football’s first action plan that will look between Middlesbrough because there was said to
so-called faith summit to at how stewards manage and Newcastle United, be difficulties in identifying
tackle religious abuse. incidents, the way grounds when Egyptian striker Mido the culprits.
At present, only abusive are policed, how the was the target of chants Both clubs were only
fans face being banned by FA monitors incidents, about suicide bombers by a asked to take steps to
individual clubs rather than strengthening reporting number of the visiting fans. prevent any repetition of
the FA, which, according to mechanisms and the role The FA launched an the chants.
“Sense of justice is one of the most wonderful ideals of Islam, because as I read in the Qur’an I find those dynamic
principles of life, not mystic but practical ethics for the daily conduct of life suited to the whole world.”
Sarojini Naidu, Lectures on “The Ideals of Islam”, Madras, 1918
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