Women and Asylum: A Particular Social Group
Author: Kirvan, S.
Source: Feminist Legal Studies, Volume 7, Number 3, 1999 , pp. 333-342(10)
Abstract:This note examines the judgement of the House of Lords in the cases of Islam and Shah, particularly with regard to their conclusion that women in Pakistan who were victims of domestic violence and not protected by their state could qualify as members of a particular social group under the Geneva Convention, and therefore attain refugee status. The note considers the Refugee Women's Legal Group's Gender Guidelines for the Determination of Asylum Claims in the U.K. and discusses the problems faced by women who claim refugee status. Finally, the conceptualisation of domestic violence as a political issue and therefore a matter falling within the scope of the Convention issue is analysed.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: School of Law, University of Central England, Perry Barr, Birmingham B42 2SU, Email: Sue.Kirvan@uce.ac.uk
Publication date: 1999-01-01