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Sexual orientation in Refugee Status Determination

Sexual orientation in Refugee Status Determination

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Refugee Studies Centre
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Published by: LGBT Asylum News on Apr 29, 2011
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WORKING PAPER SERIES NO. 73
Sexual orientation in Refugee StatusDetermination
Janna Weßels jannawessels@hotmail.comApril 2011Refugee Studies CentreOxford Department of International DevelopmentUniversity of Oxford
 
RSC WORKING PAPER SERIES NO. 73 1
Working Paper Series
The Refugee Studies Centre Working Paper Series is intended to aid the rapid distributionof work in progress, research findings and special lectures by researchers and associates of the RSC. Papers aim to stimulate discussion among the worldwide community of scholars, policymakers and practitioners. They are distributed free of charge in PDFformat via the RSC website. Bound hard copies of the working papers may also bepurchased from the Centre.The opinions expressed in the papers are solely those of the author/s who retain thecopyright. They should not be attributed to the project funders or the Refugee StudiesCentre, the Oxford Department of International Development or the University of Oxford. Comments on individual Working Papers are welcomed, and should be directedto the author/s. Further details may be found at the RSC website (www.rsc.ox.ac.uk).
 
RSC WORKING PAPER SERIES NO. 73 2
Contents
1 Introduction 3Background and explanation of the research question 3Definition of terms 72 Gay men and lesbians: Convention refugees? Social group and persecution 9Interpretation of membership of a particular social group10of being persecuted: Persecution and sexual orientation 153 “Well-founded fear” and procedural issues in sexual orientation claims 31“Fear”: Subjectivity and credibility how to prove sexual orientation 32“Well-foundedness”: Objectivity and reliable country information 424 Conclusion 46References cited 49Case law (in chronological order) 54

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