New Training Guide to Credibility Assessment in RSD
The Hungarian Helsinki Committee has published a cutting edge guide to credibility assessment in refugee cases, called Credibility Assessment in Asylum Procedures. I’m a co-author, so I know this may sound self-serving, but this is now probably the state of the art in capturing best practices in one of the hardest and high stakes challenges in RSD. Doubts about credibility probably lead to more rejections of refugee claims than any other issue, but often have a very thin basis. And if the adjudicator doubts someone who is actually telling the truth, a person in danger of persecution will be put in harms way.
UNHCR consulted extensively on the training manual, which follow close on the heals of UNHCR’s report about credibility assessment in Europe, which is one of the best reports on the subject to date. (And I didn’t co-author that report, so this compliment is not self-serving).