Title SZ and JM (Christians - FS Confirmed) Iran v. Secretary of State for the Home Department
Publisher United Kingdom: Asylum and Immigration Tribunal / Immigration Appellate Authority
Author Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT)
Publication Date 12 November 2008
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland | Islamic Republic of Iran
Topics Arbitrary arrest and detention | Catholic | Christian | Country of origin information (COI) | Criminal justice | Deportation / Forcible return | Evangelical | Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment | Religious persecution (including forced conversion)
Citation / Document Symbol CG [2008] UKAIT 00082
Cite as SZ and JM (Christians - FS Confirmed) Iran v. Secretary of State for the Home Department, CG [2008] UKAIT 00082, United Kingdom: Asylum and Immigration Tribunal / Immigration Appellate Authority, 12 November 2008, available at: http://www.refworld.org/cases,GBR_AIT,491af9092.html [accessed 19 January 2018]
Comments Conditions for Christians in Iran have not deteriorated sufficiently to necessitate a change in the guidance in FS and Others (Iran - Christian Converts) Iran CG [2004] UKIAT 00303 Iran. For some converts to sacrament-based churches the conditions may be such that they could not reasonably be expected to return and their cases must be considered on HJ (Homosexuality: Reasonably Tolerating Living Discreetly) Iran [2008] UKAIT 00044 grounds.
It remains to be seen whether the proposed inclusion of apostasy in the amended criminal code will make a material difference. The amendments to the code are part of a wholesale change in the criminal law and not solely aimed at converts. The proposals are still before Parliament.
'Proselytising' and 'evangelising' are not terms of art and distinctions should not be drawn between them.
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