Strasbourg litigants not a “particular social group” under the Refugee Convention

C‑652/16 Nigyar Rauf Kaza Ahmedbekova and Rauf Emin Ogla Ahmedbekov v Zamestnik-predsedatel na Darzhavna agentsia za bezhantsite is a novel attempt to introduce the status of being involved in a case before the European Court of Human Rights as a ground on which refugee status can be claimed. The Court of Justice of the European Union rejected that argument but did rule that it would be a relevant factor when considering the possibility of persecution on the ground of political opinion. Most of the judgment relates to the Procedures Directive (2013/32/EU). The UK has opted out of this directive so those rulings are of minimal relevance to domestic law. Mrs…

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