Justice Centre Hong Kong has strong concerns over proposed amendments to the High Court Ordinance (Cap. 4), which will be debated in the Legislative Council today.
These proposals risk diluting procedural fairness protections for not only asylum seekers but all applicants for judicial review. A high standard of fairness must be observed in cases concerning asylum seekers, as their life and limb are at stake.
We hope to see future amendments to Hong Kong’s refugee screening mechanism address our broader concerns, including a lack of legal representation and poor quality of decision-making.