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British govt makes further clarification on IPOB ‘proscription’

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The British government has denied reports in the media that it has proscribed the Idegenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and its members.

In a report on Friday, referring to the UK revised policy, IPOB was said to have been categorized as a terrorist organization.B

But the UK government has made further clarifications on the report, denying that IPOB has been proscribed in the UK.

The statement reads: “We are aware of inaccurate reporting circulating in the media and online that the UK Government has added the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to the UK’s list of terrorist groups or organisations banned under UK law.

“These reports are untrue. The ‘Indigenous People of Biafra’ (IPOB) is not a proscribed organisation in the UK.

“The inaccurate reporting relates to the 13 April 2022 publication by the UK Government of a revised Country Policy and Information note (CPIN) on separatist groups in SE Nigeria, including the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

“CPINs provide country of origin information (COI) and analysis of COI for use by UK Government decision-makers handling particular types of protection and human rights claims.

“All asylum and human rights claims made in the UK are considered on their individual facts in accordance with our obligations under the UN Refugee Convention and European Convention on Human Rights, taking into account relevant background country information and case law.”

 

 

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