Austrian Centre for Country of Origin and Asylum Research and Documentation

Human rights form a crucial aspect in procedures for international protection: Human rights violations force people to leave their countries of origin in order to find protection from persecution or war. But international human rights standards should also govern the way these people's claims are dealt with in the receiving countries: a fair procedure requires access to information and knowledge about the situation in the countries of origin (COI).

 

ACCORD provides independently and neutrally researched information on countries of origin of asylum seekers in order to contribute to fair and efficient asylum procedures for determining international protection needs. See: 

Quality Standards and Principles for Researching and Using Country of Origin Information.

 

ACCORD continuously documents human rights developments focusing on the criteria of the 1951 Refugee Convention and other legal instruments providing international protection. ACCORD uses publicly citable materials from a variety of sources: international and regional human rights organizations as well as governments, the UN, international and local media and online databases.

 

ACCORD offers research services (responses to case related queries, country reports, etc.), manages the COI portal www.ecoi.net and conducts COI Training.

 

ACCORD is co-funded by the European Refugee Fund, the Austrian Ministry of the Interior, UNHCR and various non-governmental organizations working in the field of asylum.

 

Contact: accord(at)roteskreuz.at