Study: Country Information in Asylum Procedures – Quality as a Legal Requirement in the EU

As a result of the ERF-funded project “COI in Judicial Practice”, in which the Austrian Red Cross/ACCORD participated, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee has published a new study on how quality standards of Country of Origin Information (COI) appear in the form of authoritative legal requirements within the present system, either as binding legal provisions or guiding judicial practice. As such, the study intends to provide a  tool and a set of concrete examples for policy- and law-makers, advocates, judges and trainers active in this field.

This study is the second, updated edition of a 2007 publication that appeared under the same title.

The study can be downloaded in the following languages:

The study (along with the previously published mapping paper) has been prepared in the framework of the “COI in judicial practice” project – a project of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, funded by the European Refugee Fund Community Actions, in cooperation with the UNHCR Regional Representation for Central Europe, the IARLJ, the French National Asylum Court (CNDA), the Austrian Red Cross/ACCORD, the Refugee Documentation Centre Ireland and the Czech Judicial Academy. The primary goal of the project was to enhance dialogue regarding evidence assessment (with particular emphasis on country information) within the European judiciary, as well as between refugee law judges and other main actors. The project intended to promote a protection-oriented harmonisation of asylum decision-making practices, based on high quality standards and effectiveness.

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