To be granted refugee status in the UK you need to prove that you have a well-founded fear that, if you were returned to your country of origin, you would be persecuted for one of the reasons covered by the Refugee Convention, and that the government/authorities in your country could not protect you from this persecution.

To prove this you may need to provide evidence about the situation in your country of origin – in general, or for a particular group of people in your country – in addition to the information you give in your asylum interview and any documents or evidence that are directly about you.

You may need to provide this evidence at different points of your asylum (or human rights) claim – for example, when you claim asylum, or if you are appealing a refusal by the Home Office, or if you are making further submissions to be considered as a fresh claim.

More about finding country evidence

Good places to find this evidence can be reports by international human rights organisations or trusted media sources.

It is common for information relevant to your case to be found in ‘interest-group’ media sources, such as an LGBT online newspaper like Pink News, or a Zimbabwean opposition newspaper. These sources are often not considered as independent and reliable by the courts. You should try and find the same information in more mainstream media, for example newspapers with good world/foreign reporting such as The Guardian, Independent, or New York Times (or even better in a human rights report).

Key sources of information

hrw world report
USA dept of state

More sources of information

Human rights information – general

Amnesty International (AI)

Human Rights Watch

Freedom House

International Crisis Group

International Federation for Human Rights

Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR)

Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa

UNHCR’s Refworld

Transparency International

UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights

US Department of State: Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

VOA News

World Organisation Against Torture

Armed forces

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

War Resisters International


Child Rights Information Network

Save The Children


Child labour

International Labour Organisation

US Department of Labor on Child Labor

Child Solidiers

UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict

Watch List on Children and Armed Conflict

Constitutions and national legislation

International Labour Organisation

Law Library of (US) Congress

The Constitute Project

Richmond University (Virginia, USA)

World Law

Death Penalty

Amnesty International, Abolish the death penalty

Hands Off Cain

Ethnic groups and minorities


Minorities at Risk Project

Minority Rights Group International

Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex persons

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans And Intersex Association (ILGA)

Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration

Pink News

The Social Institutions and Gender Index

Rights In Exile – LGBT+ situation by country

Internally Displaced People (IDPs)/humanitarian issues

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre

UN news service


Thomson-Reuters Alertnet

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Refugees International

Journalists and media

Article 19

Committee to Protect Journalists

Freedom House

International Federation Of Journalists

International Freedom Of Expression Exchange

Reporters Sans Frontieres

Medical care

World Health Organisation

Africa Health Workforce Observatory

Religious Freedom

Freedom House

US State Department


Center for Reproductive Rights

International Center for Research on Women

The Social Institutions and Gender Index

UN Women – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

UN Commission on the Status of Women

World Health Organisation: Women’s health

Female Genital Mutilation

Centre for Reproductive rights: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): Legal Prohibitions Worldwide


Human Rights Watch (HRW): Q&A on Female Genital Mutilation

Orchid Project