Justice Centre’s Research and Policy Officer Rachel spoke to the Hong Kong International Business Channel’s Talk the Walk about the Government’s proposals to amend the Immigration Ordinance, as well as other challenges faced by the refugee and asylum seeker community in Hong Kong.
Justice Centre and 17+ civil society organisations are calling upon the Legislative Council to facilitate civil society’s continued participation in public affairs amidst the pandemic. At its last meeting, the Bills Committee on Immigration (Amendment) Bill 2020 declined to convene a public hearing, citing Covid-19. This is the second time Covid-19 has restricted public hearings.
Do you have a keen interest in human rights law? Do you want to gain hands-on experience in an NGO? If so, the Young Advocates Programme is the right programme for you! Open to students aged 15-18 with Hong Kong Residency, this programme runs several times a year and is tailored towards helping students develop key skills and experience necessary in preparing for university courses. You will get the chance to be mentored one-on-one by our highly qualified international staff lawyers and policy experts, and experience first-hand what work at an NGO is like as well as network with international law firms and experience your own cases.
Enable us to provide holistic services including access to emergency shelter, healthcare, hygiene items and counselling to help them overcome their trauma. At Justice Centre, we provide legal and psychosocial support to the most marginalised communities in Hong Kong, including women and girl refugees who are particularly vulnerable to disproportionate threats to their rights.
In response to media requests in relation to the Secretary for Security's blog article on the Immigration (Amendment) Bill 2020, Justice Centre makes the following statement: // Under the Unified Screening Mechanism (USM), asylum seekers must overstay – hence committing an immigration offence and subject to removal – before they are eligible to lodge their non-refoulement claims under the USM. It is therefore disingenuous to refer to non-refoulement claimants as illegal immigrants, which also propagates the misconception that refugees are all criminals to the public. Further, some asylum seekers may enter Hong Kong unlawfully, such as using forged documentations, due to safety concerns. Under international law, such as the Refugee Convention, refugees who entered a country illegally should not be penalised for unlawful entry or stay.
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