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.
Justice Centre Hong Kong, as part of the Refugee Concern Network, submitted a Parallel Report to the Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights for Hong Kong's upcoming review under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). The report discussed issues under the ICESCR affecting the refugee and asylum seeker community, including: non-discrimination; the right to adequate standard of living; the right to health; the right to education; the right to work.
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On Christmas day, we are delighted to learn that two of our refugee clients from the Horn of Africa will receive protection in Canada. After spending almost a decade in Hong Kong, they have finally secured the path to a new life.
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