Hungarian Helsinki Committee publishes Manual on Credibility Assessment in Asylum Procedures

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC), Member of ECRE and EDAL partner, has published a training manual on ‘Credibility Assessment in Asylum Procedures’ designed to meet the needs of asylum decision-makers and other asylum professionals. The manual aims at offering a creative and multidisciplinary learning method on credibility assessment. Credibility assessment is considered to be one of the most challenging aspects of asylum-decision making. The Manual is designed to address the fact that, in the EU, a significant proportion of asylum claims are rejected on credibility grounds. To date there is no common definition of ‘credibility’ in an asylum context and EU law has only set out basic principles in this respect.

HHC’s manual outlines standards and guiding principles for credibility assessment, based on requirements on EU law and UNHCR guidance, and gives an overview of the numerous factors that may distort or impact on the use of credibility indicators in practice. The manual has been written by international experts in the framework of the CREDO project (funded by the European Commission), in cooperation with the UNHCR. This project, coordinated by HHC, aims at improving credibility assessment in EU asylum systems.

Read the HHC's Credibility Assessment Manual.

EDAL and the Weekly Legal Update would like to thank Julia Ivan, the Hungarian ELENA coordinator and EDAL National Expert, for informing ECRE about this manual.

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