China/Hong Kong: Whether Chinese citizens wanted by the authorities are able to resettle in Hong Kong or whether they face removal to the mainland, and whether there is an internal flight alternative in Hong Kong for mainland Chinese dissidents (1998)
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 July 1998|
|Citation / Document Symbol||CHN29699.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, China/Hong Kong: Whether Chinese citizens wanted by the authorities are able to resettle in Hong Kong or whether they face removal to the mainland, and whether there is an internal flight alternative in Hong Kong for mainland Chinese dissidents (1998), 1 July 1998, CHN29699.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ad0660.html [accessed 20 May 2013]|
An associate at Human Rights/Asia (HRW/A) and a program officer at Human Rights in China (HRIC) in New York were unaware of any cases involving Chinese dissidents residing in Hong Kong being resettled to mainland China (15 July 1998; 16 July 1998). The associate at the HRW/A added that there are a number of dissidents in Hong Kong who are facing "no problems" with the authorities and are fairly safe there. The program officer at HRIC added that those dissidents residing in Hong Kong have had their short-term residency permits renewed since the territory's handover to China. She further stated that there were no cases of failed asylum seekers being returned to China either.
Additional information on the status of Chinese citizens and dissidents, and whether there is an internal flight alternative in Hong Kong could not be found among the sources consulted. Attempts to obtain information from Human Rights Watch and the Asian Human Rights Commission in Hong Kong were unsuccessful within the time constraints of this Response to Information Request.
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 to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
Human Rights in China (HRIC), New York. 16 July 1998. Telephone interview with a program officer.
Human Rights Watch/Asia, New York. 15 July 1998. Telephone interview with an associate.
Additional Sources Consulted
Amnesty International Report 1998. 1998.
China Focus [Princeton]. 1998.
China Rights Forum [New York]. 1998.
Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1997. 1998.
Indexed Media Review: China. 1998.
Lawyer's Committee for Human Rights, New York.
Human Rights Watch World Report 1998. 1998.
Electronic sources: IRB Databases, Global News Bank, LEXIS/NEXIS, Internet, REFWORLD (UNHCR database), World News Connection (WNC).