Justice Centre Hong Kong shares the Refugee Concern Network’s strong concerns over some of the proposed amendments to the Immigration Ordinance. Under the proposed law, protection claimants could be deprived of their right to interpretation, compelled to give consent for medical examinations, and detained for long periods, among other things.
Justice Centre Hong Kong calls on Hong Kong to adopt comprehensive legislation to combat human trafficking.
A study on the status of ethnic minorities, released this week, by Prof. Puja Kapai at The University of Hong Kong found that poverty rates amongst ethnic minority groups in Hong Kong are much higher than those of the ethnic Chinese population, and are getting worse.
When I told my friends I was volunteering at an NGO fighting for forced migrants’ rights this summer, the responses I was met with were often a mix of curiosity and scepticism. The knee-jerk reaction from every one of my friends was, “Are there really refugees in Hong Kong?”.
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