Starred Gomez (Non-State Actors: Acero-Garces Disapproved) (Colombia): IAT 24 Nov 2000

Dr Storey said: ‘It will always be necessary to examine whether or not the normal lines of political and administrative responsibility have become distorted by history and events in that particular country. This perception also explains why refugee law has come to recognise that in certain circumstances ‘neutrality’ can constitute a political opinion. In certain circumstances, for example where both sides operate simplistic ideas of political loyalty and political treachery, fence-sitting can be considered a highly political act.’


Mr Justice Collins (President), Dr HH Storey, G Warr


[2000] UKIAT 00007, [2001] 1 WLR 549, [2000] INLR 549



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CitedRT (Zimbabwe) and Others v Secretary of State for The Home Department SC 25-Jul-2012
The claimants said it would be wrong to return them to Zimbabwe where they would be able to evade persecution only by pretending to a loyalty to, and enthusiasm for the current regime.
Held: The Secretary of State’s appeals failed. The HJ . .
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Updated: 01 July 2022; Ref: scu.227126