This is the first time that the UKBA has published an Operational Guidance Note for Gambia.
UKBA Country Specific Asylum Policy Operational Guidance Notes (OGNs), use country of origin information (COI) reports and other sources to provide a brief summary for use by UKBA decision-makers.
Caseowners must not base decisions on the country of origin information in OGN guidance; it is included to provide context only and does not purport to be comprehensive.
The most up to date OGN can be downloaded from UKBA website, here
- Country assessment
- Actors of protection
- Internal relocation
- Country guidance caselaw
- Main categories of claims
- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
- Political opponents or those perceived to be in opposition to the government, including NGO members and human rights defenders
- Gay men and lesbians
- Domestic violence
- Prison Conditions
- Discretionary Leave
- Minors claiming in their own right
- Medical treatment
This document provides UK Border Agency caseowners with guidance on the nature andhandling of the most common types of claims received from nationals/residents of The Gambia, including whether claims are or are not likely to justify the granting of asylum, Humanitarian Protection or Discretionary Leave. Caseowners must refer to the relevant Asylum Instructions for further details of the policy on these areas.
Caseowners must not base decisions on the country of origin information in this guidance; it is included to provide context only and does not purport to be comprehensive. The conclusions in this guidance are based on the totality of the available evidence, not just the brief extracts contained herein, and caseowners must likewise take into account all available evidence. It is therefore essential that this guidance is read in conjunction with the relevant COI Service country of origin information and any other relevant information.