Justice Centre provided comments to CEDAW’s draft general recommendation on the trafficking in women and girls in the context of global migration. Drawing on our previous submission, we ask CEDAW to clarify the meaning of “exploitation” within the definition of human trafficking, and provide more guidance on trafficking for the purpose of criminal exploitation.
Justice Centre Hong Kong provided a submission to the UN Human Rights Committee in advance of its adoption of the list of issues for the Hong Kong Government's fourth report under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
Justice Centre Hong Kong was delighted to learn that one of our refugee clients, Amina (not her real name), has just been granted the Permission to Work by the Immigration Department on a discretionary basis.
Melanie Cheng joined Justice Centre 8 months ago as our Welfare Advice Volunteer and now, she is embarking on a new journey with our pilot Counselling Programme with trauma specialist and Registered Psychologist, Dina Chamberlain.
Read more about her experience with us and her observations of Hong Kong's protection landscape as a former Family & Child Protection lawyer in London.
Below one percent – this is the success rate of asylum applications in Hong Kong. In other developed regions, the success rate stands at 30-40%. Asylum seekers in Hong Kong often have to wait for years, even a decade, only to have their claims rejected.
Hong Kong has a rich refugee history, from those who fled here during the Chinese Civil War or Cultural Revolution, to the Vietnamese “boat people” fleeing the aftermath of the Vietnam War, to people currently seeking protection in our city.
Join us on June 19 for a virtual screening session in celebration of World Refugee Day (20 June), followed by a panel discussion with refugees in Hong Kong and representatives from UNHCR Hong Kong, Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong & Macao, Branches of Hope, and Justice Centre Hong Kong!
Justice Centre Hong Kong was glad to learn that one of our refugee clients, Claudine (not her real name), was recently granted Permission to Work by the Immigration Department on a discretionary basis.
Do you want to learn how to use the law to make a difference? Would you like to get hands-on experience of assisting people seeking asylum in Hong Kong? If so, apply for the Hong Kong Human Rights Law Clinic 2020 today!
Amidst the pandemic, Justice Centre Hong Kong were proud to help our clients and their loved ones celebrate Eid.
On this very special occasion we were delighted to prepare and distribute dozens of food bags, which included many favourite ingredients, for what we hope was a delicious iftar.
Justice Centre Hong Kong is pleased to sign the Racial Diversity & Inclusion Charter For Employers upon the invitation of the Equal Opportunities Commission to reiterate our support for racial diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Run for charity! You could take part in FringeBacker Covid-19 Hong Kong Virtual Marathon without being in Hong Kong & you could support the work of Justice Centre Hong Kong while staying healthy and fit!
Justice Centre Hong Kong was pleased to learn that one of our refugee clients, Alice (not her real name), was recently granted Permission to Work by the Immigration Department on a discretionary basis.
Let us all be reminded on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia #IDAHOT that no one in the world should ever be afraid to walk down the street holding the hand of the person they love, or being who they want to be 🌈
In these challenging times, Hong Kong must stand by refugees, asylum seekers, victims of human trafficking, migrant domestic workers, ethnic minorities and other marginalised communities against racism, prejudice, intolerance and xenophobia.
A big thank you to our pro bono partner Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for helping us approach one of their preferred professional translation service providers SDL plc. They agreed, on a pro bono basis, to translate our client feedback forms into our clients’ 11 most used languages. They did an excellent job, with a four-day turnaround time.
With the help of our pro bono partner Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, we have lodged separate complaints to the Office of the Ombudsman in February 2020 over the HKSAR Government's failure to offer data on the Unified Screening Mechanism.
We were delighted to learn of the recent successful resettlement of one of our refugee clients from the Horn of Africa to the United States. Prolonged by policy changes, our client waited 6 years after the substantiation of his asylum claim for the resettlement process to be completed.
ZN v. Secretary for Justice, Director of Immigration, Commissioner of Police, Commissioner for Labour  is a landmark case that examined the interpretation of Article 4 of the Bill of Rights Ordinance (“BOR4”) and whether it included human trafficking. The key issues were whether the protection derived from BOR4 covers human trafficking and whether a positive duty existed for the government to enact a specific criminal offence against human trafficking. The Court of Final Appeal (“CFA”) delivered its written judgement last Friday afternoon (January 10).
Our Executive Director Piya Muqit wrote in SCMP, Stand News and Citizen News about why the Hong Kong Government needs to establish an independent commission of inquiry.
This should examine the Hong Kong Police’s excessive use of force, which may have already amounted to torture or cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment (CIDTP) under the United Nations’ Convention against Torture.
Our Executive Director Piya Muqit spoke at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on behalf of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims and Justice Centre, highlighting the recent disproportionate use of force by the Hong Kong Police.
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’).
To celebrate World Refugee Day on 20 June, we are proud to present Rock for Justice, a live music event, kindly hosted by Orange Peel and generously co-sponsored by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Lexis Nexis and Macquarie.
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”).
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.
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.
The Justice Centre team is proud to bring to you Human Rights Week 2015 in the run up to International Human Rights Day (December 10)! Human Rights Week aims to provide a platform for the public to celebrate and learn about human rights through the arts, talks and activities for the whole family.