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July 2016: ARC was commissioned by Still Human Still Here to produce a commentary on the latest Country Information and Guidance (CIG) report issued by the Home Office on Jamaica. The A Commentary on the May 2016 Country Information and Guidance report issued on Jamaica identifies inconsistencies and omissions in the available COI and case law and the conclusions reached in the CIG. The commentary is intended as a tool to assist legal practitioners identify the relevant COI and to help ensure that all relevant material is considered by decision-makers. June 2016: ARC has prepared a South Kordofan and Blue Nile Country Report on issues of relevance in refugee status determination for Sudanese nationals from these ‘Two Areas’. June 2016: ARC collates the issues of relevance to COI from the monthly EASO newsletters. Now available: Key COI related points from EASO newsletters in 2016_up to May 2016.
April 2016: Together with the Dutch Council for Refugees, ARC published a Commentary on the EASO Country of Origin Information Reports Afghanistan (January 2016) and Somalia (February 2016) setting out our main observations, concerns and recommendations on an initial reading of the report and focusing on Kabul and Benadir-Mogadishu respectively. March 2016: ARC has prepared a Sri Lanka COI Query Response-UPDATE. This COI Query response presents COI from August 2014 to February 2016 on (1) Information on Tamils who have returned (voluntarily or forced) to Sri Lanka since August 2014 and who were subjected to detention and/or torture and/or ill-treatment; (4) Any information on recent arrest/detention/ ill-treatment/ torture of Tamils within Sri Lanka, and on what grounds since August 2014. It provides an update to an August 2014 ARC Sri Lanka Query response.
In the UK Country Guidance case AK (Article 15(c)) Afghanistan CG  UKUT 00163(IAC) (18 May 2012), the Tribunal determined that “there may be a useful role in country guidance cases for reports by COI (Country of Origin) analysts/consultants” such as ARC (headnote A (iv) and para. 178) and considered that ARC consultants have the “relevant skills and experience to undertake this work” (para. 178).
Country of Origin Information Update
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Home Office country of origin publications. View the Archive of COI Updates or download the most recent update: