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Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal

The Refugee Review Tribunal is a statutory body which provides a final, independent, merits review of decisions made by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship or, in practice, by officers of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), acting as delegates of the Minister, to refuse to grant protection visas to non-citizens within Australia, or to cancel protection visas held by non-citizens in Australia. The Tribunal was established in 1993 under Part 7 of the Act and replaced the Refugee Status Review Committee (RSRC). Website: www.mrt-rrt.gov.au/
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RRT Case No. 1211848

16 October 2012 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Case Law

Vietnam: 1. What is the position concerning Catholics in Vietnam? Are they free to practise their religion? 2. Is there any information about land disputes between the Vietnamese Government and the Catholic Church? 3. What is known of participation by Vietnamese in World Youth Day events in Sydney in 2008? 4. Deleted. 5. What is known of the dissident Catholic priest, Father (Thadeus/Thaddeus) Nguyen Van Ly? 6. What was the process for World Youth Day pilgrims to obtain visas to attend World Youth Day in Australia in 2008?

1 March 2012 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Vietnam: 1. Is there information that would generally support, or not support, the assertion that the situation in Vietnam has become worse for homosexual men in recent years (say since 2007 when VNM32466 was prepared)? 2. Has there been any relevant change to Vietnamese law since VNM32466 was prepared? 3. Are there any reasonably up to date reports of discrimination, especially with regard to employment or other opportunities to earn a livelihood, against homosexuals in Vietnam? 4. Is there evidence of any variation with regard to the treatment of homosexuals between the north and south, or between provinces? 5. What are the general requirements for service in the Vietnamese army? To what extent, if any, does that depend on whether the person has tertiary qualifications? If tertiary qualifications can make a person exempt, does that include tertiary qualifications obtained outside Vietnam?

23 February 2012 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Vietnam: 1. Please provide an update of the situation for evangelical Protestant church members since research response number VNM17683 dated 6 December 2005. Are ordinary followers of Protestant Evangelical churches in Vietnam, in particular, in Hanoi, allowed to practice their religion? 2. Please provide an update on the position since research response number VNM17091 dated 9 November 2004 regarding whether a child with a Vietnamese mother and non-Vietnamese father would gain Vietnamese citizenship. 3. Please provide information on whether single unmarried mothers are denied employment. Is there updated information on the general treatment of unmarried mothers in Vietnam since VNM38140 of 21 February 2011? 4. Has there been any update on the ability to obtain household registration for children born overseas to Vietnamese parents on return to Vietnam, since research response number VNM39759 dated 11 January 2012 which deals with household registration generally? 5. Are children born overseas to unmarried mothers denied access to social services? 6. Please provide information on the capacity of Vietnamese authorities to provide protection to women. Are there reports of the denial of state protection on the basis of religious or marital status? 7. Is there any country information on the role and influence of the Vietnamese army in the immigration and passport process?

14 February 2012 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Vietnam: 1. Please advise if there were any peaceful protests about farmers' land use two years ago (2009-2010) in the Binh Minh district or Vinh Long Province or if there are any well-known groups or affiliations which might fight for farmers' land use. 2. Please provide a map of the Huyen Binh Minh area in Vinh Long Province and key towns/cities nearby

30 January 2012 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Vietnam: 1. Please provide information regarding the likelihood that a person's death need not be registered in rural Vietnam. 2. Please provide information on the identification/household registration documents that citizens of Vietnam are required to possess; and the likelihood that a released prisoner would not need to obtain new documents.3. Deleted. 4. Please provide information about the confiscation or expropriation of land in Vietnam. Please include any information relating to the resistance of such activities and whether it is common for people to be arrested and charged with resisting or opposing the confiscation of land. Please also include any information that indicates that land is being confiscated by corrupt officials for their own personal gain.

11 January 2012 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Vietnam: 1. What is the current government attitude to Catholics in Viet Nam? Are there reports of ordinary practitioners of Catholicism being harassed by the authorities? 3. Are there reports of Catholic services being held in homes? 4. Are there reports of the family members of ex-Communist Party members/union activists that have not been active since the 1970s, being harassed by the authorities? 5. Are departure checks conducted to detect those known to the authorities? If yes, do the authorities interview or prevent departure or take any other action against such people if they attempt to depart Viet Nam?

28 October 2011 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

RRT Case No. 1102676

16 June 2011 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Case Law

Vietnam: 1. Please provide background information on the Hoa Hao branch of Buddhism, including its history, establishment, core tenets, and philosophy. 2. How does Hoa Hao Buddhism differ from other branches of Buddhism? 3. Please provide information on the demographics of Hoa Hao Buddhism in Vietnam, including total numbers, percentages, location, and predominance. 4. Please provide information on the Ancestral Temple. 5. In what sense are there official as compared to unofficial religious groups in Vietnam? Was Hoa Hao Buddhism officially recognised in Vietnam in 1999? 6. Please provide information on the Hoa Hao Central Buddhist Church (HHCBC). 7. Please provide information on the Hoa Hao Administrative Council, including when and why it was formed, its purpose, and its major achievements. 8. Is there any information about the Hoa Hao Buddhists splitting into 2 groups following suppression of the religion, and were leaders detained? 9. Is the Hoa Hao Buddhist branch seen as a political opposition force to the ruling regime in Vietnam? 10. Do Hoa Hao Buddhists experience any societal discrimination as a result of their religion? 11. Please provide current information on whether Hoa Hao Buddhists have been arrested, detained, or otherwise mistreated by the ruling regime in Vietnam. 12. Is there information on what the local police attitude is towards followers of Hoa Hao? Is there information that government authorities from Ho Chi Minh City will harm/mistreat followers, please provide information on the distinction between the local and the national authorities which might take an interest in the religion. 13. Is there information on authorities seizing or confiscating Hoa Hao properties since the end of the Vietnam War? 14. Is there information to confirm or deny that a government document dated 18 February 1979 laid out a 15-year campaign to exterminate the Hoa Hao Buddhist religion? 15. Is there information to show that the Vietnamese authorities banned the celebration of the Founder's Day Festival (the founder being Huynh Phu So) in 1999 or so? 16. Please provide information on the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the Hoa Hao at the Ancestral Temple in 1999, whether it was sought to be banned but attracted 1 million attendees. 17. Is there information on two Hoa Hao Buddhists self-immolating in 2005? 18. Is there any information of a court in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap sentencing four Hoa Hao followers to between 4 and 6 years imprisonment for creating public disorder? Is so, please provide information on this. 19. Is there information of a hunger strike in 2006 which relates to the Hoa Hao religion?

3 February 2011 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Vietnam: 1. Please provide an update on the Vietnamese government's attitude towards Protestant Christians. 2. If a person was blacklisted in 1974, is this of any practical consequence in 2010? 3. Does the Vietnamese government punish persons who previously sought asylum in Hong Kong? 4. Does the Vietnamese government impose high home ownership values for particular persons in order to impose high taxes on those people's homes?

1 November 2010 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

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