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RRT Case No. 1003878

9 August 2010 | Judicial Body: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Arbitrary arrest and detention - Country of origin information (COI) - Internal flight alternative (IFA) / Internal relocation alternative (IRA) / Internal protection alternative (IPA) - Kurd - Persecution based on political opinion - Persecution of family members - Political parties - Racial / Ethnic persecution | Countries: Australia - Turkey

Ordinanza No. 17576/2010

The case summary in English has been prepared in the framework of the Knowledge-Based Harmonisation of European Asylum Practices Project (2010-2012), co-financed by the European Refugee Fund.

27 July 2010 | Judicial Body: Italy: Italian Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) | Document type: Case Law | Countries: Italy - Turkey

RRT Case No. 0908130

23 December 2009 | Judicial Body: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Country of origin information (COI) - Domestic violence - Honour killings - Kurd - Non-state agents of persecution - Racial / Ethnic persecution - Social group persecution - State protection | Countries: Australia - Turkey

RRT Case No. 0900309

11 May 2009 | Judicial Body: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Alevis - Country of origin information (COI) - Internal flight alternative (IFA) / Internal relocation alternative (IRA) / Internal protection alternative (IPA) - Kurd - Older persons - Persecution based on political opinion - Persecution of family members - Political parties - Racial / Ethnic persecution - Religious persecution (including forced conversion) - Social group persecution | Countries: Australia - Turkey

Refugee Appeal No. 76321

4 May 2009 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Alevis - Country of origin information (COI) - Racial / Ethnic persecution - Religious discrimination - Religious persecution (including forced conversion) | Countries: New Zealand - Turkey

Goksu v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

Application for judicial review.

15 April 2009 | Judicial Body: Canada: Federal Court | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Alevis - Arbitrary arrest and detention - Country of origin information (COI) - Evidence (including age and language assessments / medico-legal reports) - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Kurd - Persecution based on political opinion | Countries: Canada - Turkey

CY (Turkey) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department

On appeal from the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT No: AA/05563/2007).

24 March 2009 | Judicial Body: United Kingdom: Court of Appeal (England and Wales) | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Arbitrary arrest and detention - Country of origin information (COI) - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Kurd - Persecution based on political opinion - Persecution of family members - Political groups - SGBV | Countries: Turkey - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

R (on the application of Taskin) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department

Appeal by the Secretary of State for the Home Department.

8 October 2008 | Judicial Body: United Kingdom: Court of Appeal (England and Wales) | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Country of origin information (COI) - Evidence (including age and language assessments / medico-legal reports) - Kurd - Persecution based on political opinion | Countries: Turkey - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Refugee Appeal No. 76044

The Refugee Status Appeals Authority reaffirmed in this decision New Zealand jurisprudence on the internal protection alternative, holding that even were it free to do so, it would not follow the decisions of the House of Lords in Januzi v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2006] 2 AC 426 and AH (Sudan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2007] 3 WLR 832 which facilitate the withholding of recognition of refugee status. The Authority emphasized that such withholding of recognition can only occur in a highly limited class of case where (a) the proposed internal protection alternative is accessible to the individual. This requires that the access be practical, safe and legal; (b) in the proposed site of internal protection there is no risk of being persecuted for a Convention reason; (c) in the proposed site of internal protection there are no new risks of being persecuted or of being exposed to other forms of serious harm or of refoulement; and finally, (d) in the proposed site of internal protection basic norms of civil, political and socio-economic rights will be provided by the State. The Authority has also declined to follow the two recent decisions of the High Court of Australia in SZATV v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (2007) 237 ALR 634 and SZFDV v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (2007) 237 ALR 660. In these two decisions the "protection" element of the refugee definition in Article 1A(2) was interpreted as "diplomatic protection".

In this decision, addressing honour killings in Turkey, the Authority also held that the political opinion ground was the most appropriate Convention ground on which the claim succeeded. The Authority has made important observations about gender in the context of the political opinion ground and the need for that ground to receive a gender-sensitive interpretation. It concluded that "honour" enforces rigid control by men over women and their sexuality. It is about policing community norms and codes of behaviour, collective decisions and acts of punishment. Ultimately, it is about the distribution and exercise of power in Turkish society. The observance of honour reflects the gendered inequality of power in that society. In the specific context the Authority was satisfied that the claimant's assertion of her right to life and of her right to control her life and her challenge to inequality and the structures of power which support it, was plainly "political" as that term is used in the Refugee Convention.

11 September 2008 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Blood feuds - Country of origin information (COI) - Internal flight alternative (IFA) / Internal relocation alternative (IRA) / Internal protection alternative (IPA) - Kurd - Persecution based on political opinion - Social group persecution - State protection - Well-founded fear of persecution | Countries: New Zealand - Turkey

XY (Turkey) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department

On appeal from the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT No. HX/41661/2002).

3 April 2008 | Judicial Body: United Kingdom: Court of Appeal (England and Wales) | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Country of origin information (COI) - Disappeared persons - Kurd - Muslim - Persecution based on political opinion - Persecution of family members | Countries: Turkey - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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