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Query responses are replies to focused queries or requests for Information that are submitted in the course of the refugee status determination process.
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Turkey: 1. Please provide background information on Nur Cemaat, particularly its religious and political profile. Is it opposed to the Turkish constitution? 2. Is there a formal network or any registration of members? 3. Do its members observe particular Islamic forms such as religious practice, headscarves and beards? 4. Do the Turkish authorities place restrictions on it? In particular, what is the recently reelected government's relationship with it? 5. Are there reported incidents of Nur Cemaat being pressured or harshly treated? 6. Are there laws in Turkey to prevent anti-Kemalist speeches, etc., and are they enforced against Islamic groups? 7. Please provide any background on Mehmet Kutlular. 8. Are there reports of Encyclopedia of Recent History (Yakin Tarih Ansiklopedisi), or similar anti-Kemalist publications? 9. Are there reports of government action against people distributing such material? 10. If so, do reports of official action refer to formal charges, imprisonment and seizure of passports and/or informal measures such as detention and warnings? 11. Are there any associated Turkish groups in Australia?

21 August 2007 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Vietnam: 1. Are you aware of any monitoring activity by Vietnamese Embassies and Consulates of expatriate Vietnamese and Vietnamese citizens travelling or residing abroad? 2. How are Vietnamese citizens who have been involved in anti-regime activity overseas and who have been critical of the Vietnamese regime treated on return by the Government? Does this also apply to failed asylum seekers, and would the authorities? reaction be any different in these circumstances? 3. Are you aware of any reports of prosecution of returned asylum seekers by the Vietnamese authorities on the grounds that they sought asylum in Australia? 4. What is the current level of press censorship and freedom of speech in Vietnam? 5. What is the nature of the relationship between the press and Government in Vietnam? 6. How are people who have criticised the regime (for example, via internet or distribution of pamphlets) or have expressed anti-regime political views in Vietnam treated by the Government? 7. How are religious group leaders, who are perceived by the authorities as having become too political, treated by the authorities, e.g. Buddhist leaders, or other religious group leaders e.g. Protestant groups or those in so-called "home-based religions"? 8. Do local authorities at times act arbitrarily at the local level regardless of directions from the central authority?

24 March 2005 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

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