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We were delighted to learn of the successful appeal of one of our refugee clients from Yemen. After over 5 years of waiting and uncertainty, they have now been granted protection in Hong Kong.
By LAM Man Ka, CHAN Evelyn, LI Yu Ting, and CHAN Ho Hin Jacky, LLB students at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Refugees deserve more attention in Hong Kong. Source: Asia Times/Handout Refugees, asylum seekers and torture claimants constitute less than one percent of Hong Kong’s (HK) population. However, the law imposes extensive restrictions on their right to work and provides inadequate protection for other socio-economic rights. This essay examines refugees’ right to work in HK from a constitutional perspective. The constitutionality of executive decisions restricting refugees’ right to work has been a controversial issue in HK. The readiness
Posted by Jordan Johnson On June 7, about three weeks before the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Hong Kong Legislature invited residents to speak with them at the “Legislative Council Complex” (‘LegCo Complex’) about the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (‘UNCAT’). In anticipation of coming elections, in January this year Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Leung Chun-Ying, suggested pulling out of the UNCAT to deal with what has been described as Hong Kong’s “fake” refugee problem. With a laptop and a few colleagues from Justice Centre Hong Kong, I went
In honour of World Refugee Day 2016, we present an original poem by Saleban (name changed), a refugee from an African country and a graduate of our Voices for Protection advocacy traineeship. Saleban pays tribute to Nadia Murad, a Yazidi refugee, rights activist and 2016 Nobel Peace Prize nominee. Through this poem, he seeks to highlight the struggle for survival of cultural and religious minorities around the world, and especially women, who often bear the brunt of war and hardship. From Sinjar to Mosul. From Mosul to Baghdad. SHE was the one Who had the guts To expose the nuts;
Let me ask you, can you imagine living a life away from your home, in a situation where you had to leave your loved ones behind and seek asylum in Hong Kong? The first time I heard about Justice Centre Hong Kong was when I was doing my university assignment on asylum seekers and refugees in Hong Kong. Thinking about refugees, many questions came to mind: “Are they socially excluded in Hong Kong?” And if yes, “What can be done from the micro to macro level to make them a part of Hong Kong society?” As a student social worker
To me, being a social worker means prioritising the well-being and rights of those that are most vulnerable, in everything you do. In my role as Office Manager at Justice Centre, I have the opportunity to do that every day when making decisions about our operations, logistics, security, and policies.
Last week, I accompanied my colleagues and several refugees to observe the Legislative Council’s (“LegCo”) Panel on Security meeting. The session was to discuss the Hong Kong Government’s comprehensive review of the strategy of handling non-refoulement claims, including the Unified Screening Mechanism (the government’s screening process for asylum claims, or the “USM”).
Refugees have recently made the headlines in Hong Kong’s local newspapers. I work as a caseworker in Justice Centre’s Protection Claimant Services team to help people navigate the Unified Screening Mechanism (or the USM, the government’s screening process for protection). This role has enabled me to see these recent reports by the government and media from the perspective of the people to whom it matters the most – the refugees.
When people hear about the work of Justice Centre they always ask, “What can I do to help?”. It’s a question that I asked myself. Consequently, last September marked a significant change for me; I took a sabbatical from a successful nine-year career in the financial sector to become Justice Centre’s Fundraising Manager.
If Chief Executive Leung’s recent remark that HKSAR could “quit” the Convention against Torture was meant as a joke, he isn’t getting many laughs. Least of all because his timing is off – just over a month ago the Committee against Torture (CAT) released its concluding observations from its fifth periodic review of the HKSAR territory.
On my first day at Justice Centre I remember I was asked what I thought about refugees. After a slight hesitation, I answered, “The media says some are bogus refugees who come to Hong Kong intentionally for economic benefits”. However, the more I researched refugee issues as part of my work at Justice Centre, the more I found out how biased the Hong Kong mainstream media can be in its coverage.
Dear Friends, Last week was a pretty exciting week for our team, fresh from our first Human Rights Week 2015, which came to a close with the Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize 2015 Awards Ceremony and Charity Auction at the Fringe Club. In case you haven’t already heard, the winners of the Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize 2015 are here. Thank you to YOU, our supporters, who engaged in Human Rights Week to make it a massive success! It has been wonderful to promote awareness, dialogue and action on human rights around the important occasion of International Human Rights