There should be no lack of confidence in appearing before Tribunal Judges with an expectation that Humanitarian Protection appeals from Iraq nationals originating from one of the “contested areas” should be allowed. In practice, it appears First Tier Tribunal Judges are allowing such appeals- how regularly is not clear. The Home Office are however on the other hand, apparently routinely refusing asylum and humanitarian protection claims from Iraqi nationals, even those accepted to originate from the contested areas. The basis of their position? Their own country policy and information notes which conveniently bind Home Office decision-makers at first instance.