The UK government has just placed a ban on asylum visas for members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and the and Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of ‘Biafra’ (MASSOB).
In a latest policy statement released by the UK Home Office, the government said:
“IPOB is proscribed as a terrorist group by the Nigerian government, and members of the group and its paramilitary wing – the Eastern Security Network (created in December 2020) – have reportedly committed human rights violations in Nigeria.”
“MASSOB has been banned, but is not a proscribed terrorist group in Nigeria. It too has reportedly been involved in violent clashes with the authorities.If a person has been involved with IPOB (and/or an affiliated group), MASSOB or any other ‘Biafran’ group that incites or uses violence to achieve its aims, decision makers must considering whether one (or more) of the exclusion clauses under the Refugee Convention is applicable. Persons who commit human rights violations must not be granted asylum.”
“If the person is excluded from the Refugee Convention, they will also be excluded from a grant of humanitarian protection.”