These are the best places to begin researching country conditions and confirm the details of the client's persecution.
- Country of Origin Research (Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada)
Responses to Information Requests - Extensive research by Canadian government on human rights abuses by country. Reports prior to 2015 are on Refworld. The National Documentation Packages can also be helpful.
- European Country of Origin Information Network - ECOI
Compiles recent country information specifically geared to asylum claims. Select a country and browse the documents, or add additional search terms to narrow your results.
This is a vast collection of country information, reports, policy documents, national legislation, maps, position papers, case law, etc. Best to select country name and then use "filter" to refine the results.
- U.S. State Dept Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
This annual report should always be supplemented by additional research, but is a great starting point.