Resolution 1000 (1993) on Vietnamese Migrants and Asylum-Seekers in Hong Kong (Boat People)
|Publisher||Council of Europe: Parliamentary Assembly|
|Publication Date||14 May 1993|
|Cite as||Council of Europe: Parliamentary Assembly, Resolution 1000 (1993) on Vietnamese Migrants and Asylum-Seekers in Hong Kong (Boat People), 14 May 1993, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6b38060.html [accessed 12 July 2014]|
i.the European Community, and UNHCR, where applicable:
a.to maintain their assistance programmes in the camps and in Vietnam beyond November 1994 and to ensure that these apply to all returnees and inmates;
b.to encourage European companies to invest in Vietnam in so far as such investment contributes to the democratisation of the country;
c.to improve their information services in the refugee camps so as to ensure more complete coverage, more frequent presentations and more authentic video productions;
ii.the Hong Kong Government:
a.to reduce overcrowding and lack of privacy in the refugee camps by dispersing residents as the camps become depleted;
b.to ensure that all remaining migrants are provided with legal representation, are permitted to appear before the Refugee Status Review Board, are provided with a copy of their interview record and the reasons for the decision at the time they are notified of it, and that tape recordings of their interviews are made;
c.to introduce more discretion into the screening process;
d.to establish a permanent consultative process between UNHCR, the Hong Kong Immigration Department, the Refugee Status Review Board and representatives of lawyers and non-governmental organisations acting for migrants, to ensure the strict application of the screening procedure in conformity with international standards;
iii.the Vietnamese Government:
a.to continue to facilitate access to returnees by Amnesty International and other bona fide human rights organisations which so request in order to verify their safety;
b.to publish the actual text of its 1992 guarantee that returnees will suffer no persecution;
c.to end all censorship of the media, the postal services and the international press;
d.to introduce fair and open trial for political and religious dissenters and an amnesty for all "prisoners of conscience";
e.to develop contacts and dialogue with Vietnamese "exile" organisations abroad to discuss the conditions necessary to encourage their return with a view to contributing to national reconciliation and the reconstruction of a new Vietnam;
iv.the United States of America to lift its trade embargo so as to allow the normalisation of Vietnam's relations with the international financial institutions.
 Assembly debate on 14 May 1993 (37th Sitting) (see Doc. 6818, report of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Demography, Rapporteur: Mr Atkinson; and Doc.6820, opinion of the Political Affairs Committee, Rapporteur: Mr Panov).
Text adopted by the Assembly on 14 May 1993 (37th Sitting).