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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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Turkey: 1. Please provide an update on the situation of Kurds and Alevis in Turkey. 2. Is there any available information about a ceremony to unveil a statue of Seyid Riza in Dersim (Tunceli) in August 2010? 3. Is there any information about recent (since 2008) incidents involving Kurds or Alevis in Erzincan? 4. Do Kurds generally have difficulty getting passports in Turkey and is it common to be able to bypass the usual channels by paying for a passport?

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

Fiji: 1. What protection would be available in Fiji for a woman fleeing from familial violence (either from her father or future husband)? 2. Would a woman's legal protection be affected by her Indian ethnicity?

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

Cambodia: 2. Whether poor women in Cambodia without education and skills may be forced to work as a sex worker to survive; and whether they have other employment options. 3. Employment for hairdressers in Cambodia. Are there many jobs for hairdressers? What would a women who works as a full-time apprentice hairdresser, or a junior hairdresser, earn in Cambodia? Is this enough money on which to survive without also working in another job? 4. Whether a woman who worked in a nightclub in Cambodia would be at risk of violence and rape and other forms of harm (from the nightclub owners or patrons). 5. Whether the Cambodian authorities provide protection to (i) women and (ii) women who work in nightclubs, who experience violence from men.

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

Iraq: 1. Please provide country information on the Shia/Sunni make up of Al Adel city (or district) in Baghdad. 2. Please provide country information on the extent of sectarian violence in Al Adel and surrounding cities. Please also include violence from Al Qaida (if known) in that area. 3. Please provide country information (including latest UNHCR advices) of whether professionals such as engineers are being targeted in Iraq and more particularly in Al Adel city. 4. Please provide country information of the adequacy of state protection through its police and security forces against sectarian violence and attacks on professionals, in Iraq and in Al Adel.

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

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

Ghana: 1. Please supply a map of Ghana showing Akim Ayirebi, Akim, Oda and the Jasikan District in the Volta Region. 2. Please provide an overview of Ghana's political and electoral system. Is it correct that the NPP were in power prior to elections in 2008 at which time the NDC came into power? Are there reports that the new government has introduced new financial loss laws since 2008? 4. Are there reports of widespread official corruption in Ghana?

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

Malaysia: 1. Please provide any information on how anti-government bloggers are likely to be treated by the Malaysian authorities. 2. Deleted.

27 February 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

India: 1. Please provide a brief description of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), including its political aims. Please provide an update since IND31339 on whether members of the TDP have recently been attacked in India, and in Andhra Pradesh in particular, and, if so, whether they have been attacked by members of the Congress Party or of the Reddy caste or ethnicity. 2. Please provide a brief description of the Khamma and Reddy castes or ethnicities. Please provide any recent evidence of members of the Khamma caste being harmed or attacked by members of the Reddy caste or members of the Congress Party in India and in Andhra Pradesh in particular.

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

Syria: 1. Country Advice SYR39739 of 20 January 2012, states that that the Syrian government had recalled reservists in the wake of the Syrian uprising. However, this 2011 recall reportedly had mixed success with ‘credible evidence' suggesting that the regime was 'unable to call back more than 60 per cent of its reserves', according to a December 2011 report by Michael Weiss titled Safe Area for Syria: An Assessment of Legality, Logistics and Hazards. What were the reasons behind the government's inability to call back 60 per cent of its reserves? For example, were the reservists inaccessible or had they intentionally evaded the recall? 2. Is there any information to suggest that reservists have faced punishment or illtreatment for failing to respond to the government's recall of its reservists?

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

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