4. Actors of protection



This country guidance is currently under review. In view of the recent significant changes, notably the Taliban takeover, assessments within this document may no longer be valid. When examining the international protection needs of applicants from Afghanistan, please consider the most up-to-date country of origin information available.

Last updated: December 2020

Article 7 QD stipulates the requirements for actors of protection:

Article 7(1)(2) of the Qualification Directive
Actors of protection
1. Protection against persecution or serious harm can only be provided by:
a) The State; or
b) Parties or organisations, including international organisations, controlling the State or a  substantial part      of the territory of the State;
provided they are willing and able to offer protection in accordance with paragraph 2.
2. Protection against persecution or serious harm must be effective and of a non-temporary nature. Such protection is generally provided when the actors mentioned under points (a) and (b) of paragraph 1 take reasonable steps to prevent the persecution or suffering of serious harm, inter alia, by operating an effective legal system for the detection, prosecution and punishment of acts constituting persecution or serious harm, and when the applicant has access to such protection.
The contents of this chapter include:
The State: outlining and analysing the capacity of the government of Afghanistan to provide protection in accordance with Article 7 QD;
Parties or organisations, including international organisations: analysing whether the Taliban could qualify as actors of protection under Article 7 QD.




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