UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office releases the 2015 human rights reports; UNHCR published new guidelines on Afghanistan

The UK Foreign & Commonewalth Office released its annual report on human rights in selected countries, covering 2015. UNHCR published new Eligibility Guidelines on Afghanistan.

This year’s edition selected the reported countries based on “Human Rights Priority Countries”:

The report also introduces our concept of Human Rights Priority Countries. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of human rights trouble spots. Nor is it a homogenous group. Rather, we have chosen to focus on 30 countries where we judge that the UK can make a real difference. Some of these are, in our analysis, countries in which the worst, or greatest number of, human rights violations take place. Others are countries where we judge we have the potential to make a greater impact as a result of the strength of our bilateral relations and our ability to influence. (FCO, 21 April 2016)

The 30 country chapters (chapter IV of the report) are now available on

The FCO will also publish in-year updates reporting on new developments. These updates will be added to when they are available (the first update is expected in July 2016).


UNHCR’s new Eligibility Guidelines are available at:

UNHCR – UN High Commissioner for Refugees: UNHCR Eligibility Guidelines for Assessing the International Protection Needs of Asylum-Seekers from Afghanistan, 19 April 2016

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