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Religious Freedom

Volume 702: debated on Monday 16 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether, in determining applications for asylum, the Home Office takes into account information on the situation facing apostates from Islam to Christianity in their home country. [HL3894]

All asylum applications are considered with great care on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the criteria set out in the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and 1967 Protocol by fully trained decision-makers, taking account of the latest country information and case law. Information about the situation of apostates is reflected in the country information that is made available to decision-makers by the UK Border Agency Country of Origin Information (COI) Service.

The COI Service provides accurate, objective, sourced and up-to-date information on asylum seekers' countries of origin.