On this page, you can download our Afghanistan Country of Origin Information (COI) Repository, developed jointly by Asylos and Clifford Chance. This repository contains a list of national, regional and international sources and presents current country information on Afghanistan under research headings. This initiative started as an emergency response to the crisis in Afghanistan in August 2021.

To download the report which covers the research period of 1 September 2021 - 31 December 2022, please click below.


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Afghanistan: COI Repository
31 December 2022

The research covers the following chapters:

  • Control of Territory
  • Coercion / Forced Recruitment to join Taliban
  • Leaving and ‘defecting’ from Taliban
  • Justice, Law and Order in Taliban-controlled Territory
  • Livelihood
  • Medical Care
  • Women
  • Children
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • Freedom of Movement
  • Situation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
  • Documentation
  • Taliban's Ability to Track Individuals of Interest
  • Targeted Groups (such as Journalists, Lawyers, Academics, Human Rights Defenders, Government Officials, Security Officers)

"I have just become aware of your wonderful resource and intend to share it widely along with my own research efforts…So grateful for what you and so many others are doing!!” - Cyndy Levy, VECINA & VIISTA - Villanova


The COI Repository is intended as background reference material for legal representatives and those assisting asylum seekers from Afghanistan, to assist in their preparation of the case. The COI Repository should be used as a tool to help identify relevant COI. The information cited in the repository can be considered by decision makers in assessing asylum applications and appeals. Legal representatives are welcome to submit relevant excerpts cited in this document for their specific case to decision makers (including judges) to assist in the determination of an asylum claim or appeal. However, this document should not be submitted directly, in its entirety or in isolation as evidence to decision-makers in asylum applications or appeals.

The information cited in this document is illustrative, but not exhaustive of the information available in the public domain, nor is it determinative of any individual human rights or asylum claim. Submissions should always be complemented by case-specific COI research.

While we strive to be as comprehensive as possible, no amount of research can ever provide an exhaustive picture of the situation. It is therefore important to note that the absence of information should not be taken as evidence that an issue, incident or violation does not exist.

We are COI research experts and adhere to strict research principles of providing relevant, objective, transparent, timely and reliable sources material. We therefore include all discoverable relevant information, whether or not supportive of any human rights or asylum claim. It is therefore imperative that legal representatives and those assisting asylum seekers read the whole COI Repository and submit only relevant excerpts cited in this document for their specific case in addition to conducting their own case-specific COI research.

Due to the rapid unfolding of events in Afghanistan and the increased media interest during August 2021, as well as internal organisational matters, it was agreed that research would only start on 1st September 2021. Therefore, sources published in August 2021 have not been included.


We are looking for advisors and legal representatives who have utilised this report. If you would like to provide feedback please fill out this form or email [email protected].

If you would like to suggest additional research areas or sources to include that would assist you in supporting your clients, please do share them with us by emailing the address above so that others can benefit from them too.

Are you an Afghan citizen in need of advice, or supporting one?

Asylos does not provide legal or other advice to individuals at risk. However, there are other organisations who specialise in this. We encourage you to make use of the following resources:

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