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RG (Ethiopia) v Secretary of State for the Home Department

On the evidence, an asylum adjudicator had been entitled to conclude that women and girls in Ethiopia constituted a particular social group for the purpose of claiming asylum under the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees 1951 (United Nations).

14 April 2006

The appellant asylum-seeker (R) appealed against a decision of the Immigration Appeal Tribunal refusing to grant her refugee status. R was an Ethiopian national and was unmarried. The basis of her asylum claim concerned the treatment of unmarried females in Ethiopia. R had given evidence that at the age of 14 a much older man, who had been married to R’s elder sister and who died from his ill-treatment, had insisted upon marrying R in accordance with local custom, and that the man had abducted her and raped her. R had attempted to escape by relocating in other towns but had been pursued by the man. The adjudicator had accepted that R had a well founded fear of persecution because she had belonged to a particular social group and that the objective evidence supported a finding of insufficient state protection for women and girls from serious abuse in Ethiopia by reason of cultural and legislative discrimination. The IAT held that the adjudicator had not carefully considered the rea...

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