Assessing credibility in conversion-based asylum claims

Towards a better approach


  • Lidia Rieder


religious freedom, religious conversion, conversion-based asylum claims, procedures for refugee status determination, credibility assessment, religious persecution


This article emphasizes the complexity of credibility assessment in asylum claims involving religious conversion. It outlines national and international legal provisions concerning conversion credibility assessment, along with difficulties associated with them and with their implementation in practice. The article evaluates assessment standards and practices in the United Kingdom and Germany. Finally, it identifies best practices and proposes recommendations to ensure a more objective approach.

Author Biography

Lidia Rieder

Lidia Rieder (*1985) specializes in public international law and serves as Legal Officer for ADF International in Vienna, Austria.