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United Kingdom: Rights of a person granted "exceptional leave to remain" after a failed asylum claim; rights of minor dependents of such a person

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 2009
Citation / Document Symbol GBR35340.E; GBR37073.E
Reference (2,2)
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, United Kingdom: Rights of a person granted "exceptional leave to remain" after a failed asylum claim; rights of minor dependents of such a person, 2009, GBR35340.E; GBR37073.E, available at: [accessed 21 November 2017]
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In addition to information contained in YEM34052.E of 16 May 2000, Mowj, "the main organisation of exiled Yemeni separatists" (Guardian Unlimited 17 Jan. 1999),

comprises various southern elements who in 1994 attempted to secede from Yemen and establish a separate state in the south. They were defeated by northern forces in a brief war and their leaders fled the country ... after the way, Mowj set up headquarters in London, where it has waged a propaganda campaign against the Sana'a government – though it has largely abandoned its calls for separatism (Yemen Gateway Unofficial Communiqué 2000 (Last revised 24 Feb. 2001)).

The Guardian International reports that Mowj's offices in London are located on Regent Street (17 Jan. 1999). It is not clear whether Mowj Media is connected to Mowj; however, in a 26 July 2000 statement purported to be issued by the Executive Committee of the National Opposition Front (Mowj), the Executive Committee "declare[d] the suspension of opposition activity through Mowj media as a gesture of good will and a contribution on our part to creating a favourable climate that may lead to a meaningful and serious dialogue with the leadership of Sanaa" (Yemen Monitor n.d).

Additional and/or corroborating information could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


Guardian Unlimited [London]. 17 January 1999. Martin Bright, Jonathan Calvert, Rory Carroll, David Connett, Andy McSmith, Burhan Wazir and Brian Whitaker in Aden, "On Yemen's Death Row." [Accessed://23 Apr.2001]

Yemen Gateway . Unofficial Communiqué – 2000 (Revised 24 Feb.2001). "Mowj and the Border." [Accessed://23 Apr.2001]

Yemen Monitor . "Important Statement: Good-Will Gesture
Proceeding From Our Declared Guidelines" [Accessed: 24 Apr. 2001]

Additional Sources Consulted

Amnesty International. Amnesty International Report 2000.

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2000. US Department of State. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office.

Human Rights Watch. Human Rights Watch 2000.

Middle East International.


One oral source consulted did not provide the requested information.

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The Mowj Website at could not be accessed within the time constraints of this request.

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