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The United Nations High Commission for Refugees published the UNHCR Guidelines on International Protection No. 9 Sexual Orientation and or Gender Identity in October, 2012.
These Guidelines are “intended to provide legal interpretative guidance for governments, legal practitioners, decision makers and the judiciary, as well as UNHCR staff carrying out refugee status determination under its mandate.”
International Protection No. 9: Claims to Refugee Status based on Sexual Orientation and/or Gender Identity within the context of Article 1A(2) of the 1951 Convention and/or its 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees