New country guidance on asylum and human rights claims by people from Mauritius has been issued today. The guidance addresses the fear of persecution or serious harm by the state and/or non-state actors in Mauritius because of the person’s actual or perceived sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

The document further provides policy guidance on the general situation of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender persons – referred collectively hereafter as ‘LGBT persons’, though the experiences of each group may differ.

Where a claim is refused, it must be considered for certification under section 94 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 as Mauritius is listed as a designated state.

Decision makers must also refer to the Asylum Instructions on Sexual identity issues in the asylum claim and Gender identity issues in the asylum claim.

The policy guidance document can be consulted here.