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Chelvan of No5 Chambers provides training for analysing LGBTI asylum claims

S Chelvan, barrister at No5 Chambers, has provided training in Stockholm at the invitation of the Migrationsvert (the Swedish Migration Board) on his DSSH (‘Difference, Stigma, Shame and Harm’) model for analysing and determining LGBTI asylum claims. 

In attendance were not only the specialist decision-makers appointed by the board, but also court lawyers and judges. 

Chelvan presented the DSSH model to representatives of 16 governments at the intergovernmental conference’s workshop on gender and sexual orientation in Geneva in October 2012.

The UNHCR endorsed the model in its International Protection Guidelines (No 9 § 62), and both New Zealand (May 2013) and Sweden have now received training on the model. 

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