“A Commentary on the February 2012 Afghanistan Operational Guidance Note”
This commentary identifies what the ‘Still Human Still Here’ coalition considers to be the main inconsistencies and omissions between the currently available country of origin information (COI) and case-law on Afghanistan and the conclusions reached in the February 2012 Afghanistan Operational Guidance Note (OGN), issued by the UK Border Agency. Where we believe inconsistencies have been identified, the relevant section of the OGN is highlighted in blue.
This commentary is a guide for legal practitioners and decision-makers in respect of the relevant COI, by reference to the sections of the Operational Guidance Note on Afghanistan issued in February 2012.
To access the complete OGN on Afghanistan go to UKBA website
To access the commentary go to Still Human Still Here
The document should be used as a tool to help to identify relevant COI and the COI referred to can be considered by decision makers in assessing asylum applications and appeals. This document should not be submitted as evidence to the UK Border Agency, the Tribunal or other decision makers in asylum applications or appeals. However, legal representatives are welcome to submit the COI referred to in this document to decision makers (including judges) to help in the accurate determination of an asylum claim or appeal.
The COI referred to in this document is not exhaustive and should always be complemented by case-specific COI research.
Main categories of claims
General security situation
Security situation in Kabul
Fear of the Taliban or other anti-government groups
Minors claiming in their own right
Actors of Protection
Mental health treatment and psychological support
Index of Sources