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Antigua and Barbuda: Treatment of Chinese in Antigua and whether state protection is available (2005-2006)

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Ottawa
Publication Date 8 March 2006
Citation / Document Symbol ATG101033.E
Reference 7
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Antigua and Barbuda: Treatment of Chinese in Antigua and whether state protection is available (2005-2006), 8 March 2006, ATG101033.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/45f147e211.html [accessed 20 September 2014]
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Information on the treatment of Chinese in Antigua and the protection available to them was scarce among human rights sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

The Ombudsman of Antigua and Barbuda provided the following information in 6 March 2006 correspondence: "Chinese are not discriminated against in Antigua and Barbuda. They do not, as far as I am aware, face difficulties because of their ethnicity. The Office of the Ombudsman has not received any complaints of discrimination by Chinese individuals."

The first secretary of the Embassy of China in Antigua and Barbuda provided the following information during a 2 March 2006 telephone interview. There are about three hundred Chinese living in Antigua and Barbuda. According to the first secretary, there is no discrimination against Chinese living in Antigua and the relationship between Chinese and Antiguans is a good one. The first secretary also stated that they had not received any complaints from Chinese living in Antigua.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim for refugee protection. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

References

Antigua and Barbuda. 6 March 2006. Office of the Ombudsman. Correspondence from the Ombudsman.

China. 2 March 2006. Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Antigua and Barbuda. Telephone interview with the first secretary.

Additional Sources Consulted

Publications: Latin American Regional Report: Caribbean and Central America.

Internet sites, including: Amnesty International (AI), Antigua Sun, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Caribbean Net News, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), CountryReports.org, The Daily Observer, Freedom House, Government of Antigua and Barbuda, Human Rights Watch (HRW), Ministry of Housing, Culture and Social Transformation of Antigua and Barbuda, Office of the Ombudsman of Antigua and Barbuda, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (CCPR), United States Department of State, World Huaren Federation (WHF), World News Network.

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