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Iran: Asylum

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on the effect on policy on Iranian asylum seekers of the recent unrest in Iran. (286307)

None. However, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Home Office officials regularly review the country guidance on which asylum decisions are based. We continue to monitor closely the political and human rights situation in Iran through key governmental, non-governmental and other human rights organisations.

All Iranian asylum and human rights applications are considered by the Home Office on their individual merits, in accordance with obligations under the 1951 UN Refugee Convention and the European Convention on Human Rights. Each application is assessed against the latest available information about the situation in Iran. Specially trained case owners consult these sources via the Iran Country of Origin Information Report produced by the UK Border Agency’s Country of Origin Information Service published at

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/country_reports.html#countries

and the Iran Operational Guidance Note which gives guidance on the most common types of asylum claims received and the circumstances in which they are likely to prove founded or unfounded.