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Experts on countries of origin by country

Amundsen, Dr Inge

Political scientist with comprehensive experience from research and Country of Origin reports and documents assessments. Research experience on political economy, opposition and political parties, political rights, democratic institutionalisation, NGOs. Expert on human and political rights abuse, political persecution, LGBT persecution, risk of return and of brutal and degrading treatment and torture.

Occupation: Senior Researcher in Political Science, Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway
Countries of expertise: Angola, Bangladesh, Malawi, Nigeria

Daryn, Dr Gil

Social Anthropologist (PhD Cambridge, 2002) and Expert/Consultant, with extensive experience in writing expert reports in regards to asylum cases.
Areas of expertise:
• human rights
• the justice system
• gender issues including gender minorities, mixed marriages and domestic violence
• honour killings
• trafficking
• sectarian violence
• criminal and terrorist groups
• political parties
• minority groups
• health system
• land disputes
• other aspects of the politics, culture, society, and history of South Asian countries.

Occupation: Social Anthropologist, Independent consultant (formerly of SOAS, University of London).
Countries of expertise: Bangladesh, Bhutan, China (Tibet), Israel (Bedouin community), Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Hoque, Dr Ashraf

Dr Ashraf Hoque is a social anthropologist with extensive fieldwork experience in Bangladesh and the UK. An expert on Bangladeshi society and culture, with particular expertise on Bangladeshi politics, human rights (gender and sexuality), religious minorities (Hindus, Christians, Atheists), blasphemy and apostasy, Islamic law, trafficking, and the British-Bangladeshi community. He has written Expert Reports and provided oral evidence at immigration and family law tribunals in over 200 cases, covering the following areas:
• The Awami League (including Bangladesh Chhatra League)
• Bangladesh Nationalist Party (including the Jatiotabadi Chhatra Dal)
• Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh (including Chhatra Shibir)
• Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh
• Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB)
• Ansarullah Bangla Team
• Hizb-ut-Tahrir
• Purbo Banglar Communist Party
• Persecution of Hindu and Christian minorities
• Persecution of Biharis
• Persecution of atheists, Humanists, and apostates
• Persecution of bloggers and journalists
• Gender relations (patriarchy, domestic violence, honour killings)
• Status of LGBT communities
• Human trafficking (labourers, women, children)
• Land disputes
• Mental illness
• Healthcare
• Blood feuds
• Islamic law and parallel legal systems
• The panchaiyat system
• Document verification

Occupation: Lecturer in Social Anthropology
Countries of expertise: Bangladesh, United Kingdom

Mahbub, Saqeb

Saqeb Mahbub is a UK-educated lawyer and independent consultant based in Bangladesh. Besides legal practice, the expert is regularly consulted by international organisations such as UNDP, UNHCR and USAID. He has conducted research, advisory and consultancy work in Bangladesh on the formal and informal justice systems, freedom of speech and other political rights, anti-corruption, violence against women, minority rights, etc.

Occupation: Lawyer and Independent Consultant
Countries of expertise: Bangladesh

Mehmood, Dr Maryyum

The Expert is a lecturer, political analyst and cultural commentator specialising in racial and religious hatred in the UK and South Asia.

Occupation: Centre Facilitator and Fellow, Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion, University of Birmingham.
Countries of expertise: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom

Uddin, Gias

The Expert is an Associate Senior Lecturer in Policing at London Metropolitan University. He taught various aspects of Policing at Liverpool John Moores University, University of Cumbria, University of Central Lancashire, City and Islington College London and De Montfort University. He is a UK-trained barrister with extensive experience of working for two firms of immigration solicitors in London. He is a former Bangladeshi civil servant (senior police officer) and graduated in Criminal Justice Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Occupation: Associate Senior Lecturer in Policing at London Metropolitan University
Countries of expertise: Bangladesh