What kind of documentary evidence is considered at refugee protection hearings?
You must give the RPD documents that support your refugee claim. You should begin gathering this supporting evidence as soon as possible.
You must show the RPD evidence of who you are. This means giving the RPD official documents with your name and date of birth on them (known as "identity documents"). For example, you can give the RPD a:
- national identity card,
- birth certificate,
- school certificate,
- driver's license,
- military document,
- professional or religious membership card.
Along with identity documents, you can submit other documents that you feel are relevant to your claim, including:
- proof of membership in political organizations,
- medical or psychological reports,
- police reports,
- business records,
- news clippings,
- and travel documents (airplane, train or bus tickets).
The decision maker will also consider information found in the IRB’s documents about your country. The IRB produces these collections of information on countries. This is called a National Documentation Package (NDP). This package contains documents on human rights, security conditions and other issues relevant to refugee protection claims from your country. Each NDP provides references to help you locate the documents that are not available on the IRB website. Where possible, links are provided to the documents available on the website of the organization that published the document.
Regarding these documents, it is your responsibility to:
- Go to the IRB website to review the documents in the NDP for your home country, as the RPD may consider them when deciding your claim. (Alternatively, a paper copy of the NDP may be viewed at any IRB regional office.)
- Check the IRB website for the newest version of the NDP for your home country prior to your hearing.
The RPD may decide to use other documents as well such as:
- reports produced by the IRB Research Directorate,
- media articles
- reports from human rights organizations.
Copies of any additional documents which the RPD finds useful will be sent to you before your hearing.