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Sudan: Darfur

Volume 690: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What factors underlay the finding of the Home Office position paper, published in May 2006, that “ordinary non-Arab ethnic Darfuris are not at risk of persecution outside the Darfur States and … it is not unduly harsh to expect them to relocate to an area within Sudan in which they will be safe”. [HL1621]

The country information element of the Sudan operational guidance note (OGN) is drawn from a wide range of publicly available governmental and non-governmental sources cited in the Home Office Sudan country of origin information (COI) report.

The information in the Sudan COI report, as well as the leading tribunal case law, indicates that tribal leaders, prominent activists and intellectuals of non-Arab ethnic Darfuri origin are at increasing risk of treatment amounting to persecution outside of the Darfur regions. While we consider that in these cases the grant of asylum will normally be appropriate, the information does not indicate that ordinary non-Arab ethnic Darfuris are likely to be at risk of treatment amounting to persecution outside Darfur. In these cases, therefore, the grant of asylum will not normally be appropriate.

The Sudan OGN was reviewed in November 2006 to reflect the updated Sudan COI report issued in October 2006. The overall guidance for the non-Arab ethnic Darfuri category of claim remains unchanged.