Source description last updated: 31 May 2011
ACCORD provides independently, neutrally and objectively researched information on countries of origin of asylum seekers (COI) in order to contribute to fair and efficient asylum procedures. (ARC website: ACCORD, http://www.redcross.at/accord, accessed 31 May 2011)
All parties/persons involved in asylum procedures
“The use of a comprehensive selection of sources ensures balanced and corroborated information. ACCORD continuously documents human rights developments focusing on the criteria of the 1951 Geneva Refugee Convention and other legal instruments providing international protection and is thus a focal point for asylum relevant and up-to-date material.“ (ARC website: ACCORD, http://www.redcross.at/accord, accessed 31 May 2011)
„ACCORD provides individual research on human rights, the political and humanitarian situation in countries of origin of asylum seekers. The research services are open to asylum lawyers, refugee counsels as well as persons deciding on claims for asylum and other forms of international protection in Austria and selected other countries.“ (ARC website: ACCORD: Research, http://www.roteskreuz.at/i18n/en/organise/accord/research/, accessed 31 May 2011)
ACCORD’s responses to COI queries and its other research products (country and thematic reports, reports based on lectures by experts) are made publicly available on the COI portal ecoi.net (ibid.)
“ACCORD is co-funded by the European Refugee Fund, the Austrian Ministry of the Interior, UNHCR and various non-governmental organizations working in the field of asylum.“ (ibid.)
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: countries of origin of asylum seekers
Thematic focus: issues relevant to asylum and human rights
„ACCORD uses publicly citable materials from a variety of sources: international and regional human rights organizations as well as governments, the UN, international and local media and online databases. “ (ARC website: ACCORD, http://www.redcross.at/accord, accessed 31 May 2011). Information obtained from experts is used only if he/she has agreed to it being quoted or published.
ACCORD uses and corroborates information drawn from different kinds of sources (e.g. government reports, NGO reports, media articles) and points out arising contradictions. ACCORD does not assess information.
Information is also selected by currency.
ACCORD conducts research in English, German, French, Russian and Arabic language sources.
ACCORD developed, in cooperation with other organizations dealing with COI, the manual “Researching Country of Origin Information”, containing information on methodology and quality standards. It is available online in seven languages under the following address: http://www.coi-training.net
No regular publication cycle
Navigation of website:
Website of the Austrian Red Cross (ARC) -> English -> ACCORD
Database: www.ecoi.net > choose country page or conduct a search
All documents available on ecoi.net from this source: