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MG (Iran) v Secretary of State for the Home Department

An Asylum and Immigration Tribunal was entitled to hold that an Iranian asylum-seeker’s conversion to Christianity was unlikely to come to the attention of the Iranian authorities if he was returned and that even if it was likely to come to the attention of the authorities, there were no additional factors to show that he was at risk of persecution.

10 November 2006

The appellant asylum-seeker (M) appealed against a decision of the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal dismissing his appeal from the respondent secretary of state’s decision refusing his claim for asylum. M had arrived in the UK and claimed asylum on the basis that he had a medical condition for which he could not get treatment in Iran. M’s claim and appeals were dismissed. M made a fresh claim on the basis that the authorities had sentenced him in his absence to 15 years’ imprisonment. While awaiting the outcome of that claim, M converted to Christianity. M’s asylum claim was refused and his appeal before the adjudicator was dismissed. On appeal, the tribunal accepted that M had converted to Christianity, but rejected that he would be at risk of persecution on his return as his conversion would not come to the attention of the authorities. M contended that the tribunal had erred in its decision.

HELD: Appeal dismissed

The tribunal was entitled to find that M’s co...

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