NI: Syrian refugee wins leave to challenge Parades Commission
The High Court in Belfast has granted leave to a Syrian refugee seeking a judicial review against the Parades Commission over its decision to allow an anti-refugee rally to take place outside Belfast City Hall on Saturday.
The Syrian man, who has not been named due to safety fears, sought to have the demonstration blocked until a judgment but failed in this respect.
The demonstration was organised by a far-right group called the Protestant Coalition.
Barrister Stephen McQuitty, acting for the Syrian man, said: “Clearly the Protestant Coalition doesn’t believe in freedom of religion. They want Muslims out of the UK.”
Mr Justice Donnell Deeny agreed to allow a judicial review, but added: “This does not mean the court has reached any concluded view.”
The case will proceed to a full hearing next March.