No5 Chambers Barrister, S Chelvan, has returned from providing 3 days of training to asylum decision-makers in Switzerland from the 2nd to the 4th of March 2016.  At the invitation of the Secretariat for Migration, Chelvan gave the keynote presentation in the training provided by the Swiss authorities on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity asylum claims.  The first day was spent in Zurich, with the second and third days spent at the Secretariat’s  Head Quarters in Bern.  Translation was provided in German and French to the 200 strong delegates, comprising of approximately 50% of the total number of decision-makers in Switzerland.

Acclaimed by his hosts as ‘a step forward’ – the DSSH model, created by Chelvan in 2011 as a positive tool to determine an LGBTI asylum claim,  will now be used by the Swiss authorities in all claims based on sexual or gender identity.  The model is used by decision-makers around the world, including governments and international organisations including the UNHCR and IOM.

S Chelvan is part of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Group at No5 Chambers, click here to view S Chelvan’s profile.