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United Kingdom finally recognises IPOB, MASSOB as terr#rist groups, bans members from asylum



The government of the United Kingdom has retracted its earlier decision to grant asylum to members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB).

The UK had in April last year announced its plans to grant asylum to persecuted members of the separatist groups, as part of its refugee policy published at the time.

The policy, at the time, was for asylum to be granted to “persecuted” members of the IPOB and the MASSOB.

However, in a May 2022 update of its asylum policy published on its official website, the UK government said, “If a person has been involved with IPOB (and/or an affiliated group), MASSOB or any other ‘Biafran’ group that incites or uses vi#lence to achieve its aims, decision-makers must consider whether one (or more) of the exclusion clauses under the Refugee Convention is applicable.

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