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Asylum: Bahrain

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 20 May 2009, Official Report, column 1459W, on asylum: Bahrain, which sources of evidence the UK Border Agency used in making decisions on asylum applications from Bahraini citizens in the last five years. (279642)

The UK Border Agency uses a variety of published and reputable sources of information in making decisions. I cannot list all those which may have been referred to by the agency’s decision-makers over the past five years, but the body of information includes reports from various Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, UNHCR, the annual US Department of State Country Report on Human Rights Practices and the UK Government’s own agencies.