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In Orders dated 5 March 2024 and 8 March 2024, the Upper Tribunal has found that the Home Secretary’s refusal to make decisions on the family reunion applications of three families who are currently trapped in Gaza was unlawful and breached their rights under Article 8 ECHR.

The Home Secretary’s refusal was based on the families’ inability to provide biometrics (fingerprints and facial identification) alongside their applications due to the war. Due to the extreme urgency of the claims the Tribunal ordered the Home Secretary to take decisions on the applications within days, and made the orders at or shortly after the hearings of these claims, with reasoned judgments to follow.

Charlotte Kilroy KC represented the applicants in all three claims, together with Rachel Jones in one of the claims.

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