Publications

New video on credibility assessments in women’s asylum claims

Receiving a negative credibility assessment, not being believed, is the key reason why women’s asylum applications are refused. Debora Singer, Policy and Research Manager at Asylum Aid, has contributed a chapter on navigating credibility assessments in women’s asylum claims to a multi-disciplinary training manual on credibility assessments in asylum procedures aimed at asylum professionals across…

Report by UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women

Women who disclose gender-based persecution to the Home Office when they make their asylum claim continue to face disbelief and detention, according to a new report by Rashida Manjoo, the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women (SRVAW).  Ms Manjoo visited the UK in April 2014.  Her report was published by the UN Office of…

Yarl’s Wood Update

A recent report by the Independent Monitoring Board, a body of civilians tasked with monitoring the welfare of prisons in the UK, cited serious concerns about the Healthcare provisions of Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre. G4S, the world’s largest security company, took over the delivery of healthcare to detainees in Yarl’s Wood from Serco in…

Human Rights Council report on human rights in Eritrea

A recent report by the Human Rights Commission highlights the systematic and widespread human rights violations occurring under the authority of the ruling government, The People’s Front for Democracy and Justice. The release of the report follows a couple of months after the publication by the UK government of a new Country Information and Guidance…

28 Too Many release Report on FGM In Senegal

It is estimated that 25.7% if women and girls (aged 15-49) in Senegal have undergone FGM, and there has been no significant change in rates in recent years. Although the Government criminalised FGM in 1999 with an amendment to the Penal Code, which also criminalises domestic violence and rape, and despite widespread knowledge of the…

Still Human Still Here release Report on two Iraq CIG reports

Still Human Still here identifies several inconsistencies in the Home Office CIG reports on ‘internal relocation’ and the ‘security situation’ in Iraq, released on December 2014 and April 2015 respectively. Country of origin information (COI) repeatedly notes how women are considered to be at heightened risk of targeted attacks and violence. Crimes of sexual harassment,…

FGM continues in “secret pockets” of Iran

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) continues to be practiced in four provinces of Iran, despite official denial and ignoring of the issue, according to a new report. Research undertaken over a period of five years in Iran shows that, while the practice is on the decline, FGM is still taking place in “secret pockets” of the…

Women’s Asylum News 131

In this issue of Women’s Asylum News are articles on a new report by the British Red Cross on the need for access to free legal advice for refugees pursuing family reunification, country of origin information about FGM in Senegal and Iran, and a critique of the Home Office guidance on Iraq. Click on the…