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Query responses are replies to focused queries or requests for Information that are submitted in the course of the refugee status determination process.
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1. Are persons who have been convicted of sexual offences against children overseas and served their sentences likely to face any criminal charges under Indian law for the same offences upon return to India? 2. Are persons who are known convicted sexual offenders against children likely to face any harm from officials, authorities or the general public? 3. What are the prevailing community attitudes in India towards sexual offenders against children who have been released into the community after serving any applicable prison sentence? 4. Any other information about the attitude towards and treatment of sexual offenders against children in Indian society would be useful. 5. Is a person's race or religion a relevant factor in the way that they will be treated as a known sexual offender against children? 6. What are the ranges of penalties available in India for sexual offences against children that may have been committed in India? 1. Are persons who have been convicted of sexual offences against children overseas and served their sentences likely to face any criminal charges under Indian law for the same offences upon return to India? 2. Are persons who are known convicted sexual offenders against children likely to face any harm from officials, authorities or the general public? 3. What are the prevailing community attitudes in India towards sexual offenders against children who have been released into the community after serving any applicable prison sentence? 4. Any other information about the attitude towards and treatment of sexual offenders against children in Indian society would be useful. 5. Is a person's race or religion a relevant factor in the way that they will be treated as a known sexual offender against children? 6. What are the ranges of penalties available in India for sexual offences against children that may have been committed in India?

27 September 2006 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

China: 1. Is the "Church in Sydney" the official church of the Christian denomination founded by Watchman Nee and Witness Lee? 2. What branches does the "Church in Sydney" have, and what are their addresses? 3. Are Mr Tony Chea and Mr Rick Gartside elders of the church? 4. Are there any other church groups in Sydney which claim (legitimately or otherwise) a membership or affiliation of the Christian denomination founded by Watchman Nee and Witness Lee?

2 August 2006 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Russian Federation: 1. Provide a brief overview of asylum procedures for this country (mentioning whether or not the country is a signatory to the UN Convention and Protocol). 2. Is there a second tier of review (i.e. comparable to the RRT)? 3. What processes are applied by the body/agency at the second tier review level (i.e. inquisitorial process similar to the RRT, or adversarial process applied at the AAT)? 4. Is there judicial review? 5. Is the judicial review process confined to points of law or can facts of cases be re-examined at this level?

20 June 2006 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

China: 1. Is there any penalty/special requirement on return if child born overseas but not exceeding one child policy (claim child will be deprived of right to education etc.)? 2. What is most recent advice re ability to depart PRC (Shanghai) on passport if a political dissident? 3. What are the conditions for renewal of PRC passports in Australia?

10 February 2006 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

China: 1. Is there a movement known as the Xinjiang Independence Movement operating in China today? If so, please provide full details of the movement, its operations and major participants? 2. How does the Chinese government treat members of this Xinjiang Independence Movement? 3. Is there any evidence to suggest that business associates of members of such a movement may be imputed with an opinion supportive of this movement and, if so, how are such business associates treated in China? 4. Question deleted. 5. Is there any evidence that persons who have made applications for protection in Australia are harmed or persecuted in any way upon return to China by local authorities because they made such application or for any other reason?

20 January 2006 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

China: 1. The Applicant claims to be a Shouter from Hainan Province. Please provide information on the situation for Christians in Hainan, further to CHN13438 (1999). 2. Is there any further information on the treatment of Shouters, further to CHN16876 (August 2004), particularly in Hainan? 3. The Applicant referred to the Shouters in his statement, and yet has joined a Catholic congregation in Australia. Is the distinction between Protestant and Catholic churches recognised in China (including self-identity by underground church members)?

15 September 2005 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

China: I would like to get up-to-date information on the application of family planning regulations in Shandong province, firstly in relation to the impact on parents who have breached the family planning regulations and secondly in relation to the impact on the children. For example, in relation to the parents: 1. What are the penalties imposed on parents for having out-of-plan children? 2. Are these penalties imposed in practice? 3. Is there any procedure for having them waived / reduced? 4. Would the fact that the children have been born outside of China make any difference to action taken against the parents? (NB. These parents did not come to Australia as students). In relation to the child: 5. Could she get registration? 6. If so, would she suffer any penalty for having been born out-of-plan? 7. If she was considered a "black child", what would be the impact of being unregistered on her access to education, health care and so forth? 8. Any other information of relevance would be appreciated

7 September 2005 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Afghanistan: 1. Where is Dahah Karizak, Torkman, Parwan and can you provide a map? With regard to Kabul, and also Dahah Karizak, Torkman, Parwan: 2. In Dahah Karizak, Torkman, Parwan, what is the situation for Hazaras? 3. In Dahah Karizak, Torkman, Parwan, what would be the situation for someone identified with the Najibullah regime, in particular the communist youth organisation Sazman-i-Jawanan? 4. In Dahah Karizak, Torkman, Parwan, what is the situation for someone who has abandoned Islam, or is thought to have done so? 5. In Kabul, what is the situation for Hazaras? 6. In Kabul, what would be the situation for someone identified with the Najibullah regime, in particular the communist youth organisation Sazman-i-Jawanan? 7. In Kabul, what is the situation for someone who has abandoned Islam, or is thought to have done so? 8. Is there any support for the claim that Mullahs have issued fatwas against Hazaras living in Australia?

15 August 2005 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Australie : mise à jour de AUS33130.E du 4 novembre 1999 sur la protection offerte aux victimes de violence conjugale; information indiquant si la protection est offerte aux mineurs dont le père aurait été violent envers son ex-conjointe; s'il existe des lois contre l'inceste et les relations sexuelles avec des mineurs; s'il existe des régions dans le pays où ce type d'activités est toléré; information sur le consentement requis, du parent ayant la garde et de celui n'ayant pas la garde, pour permettre aux mineurs de voyager hors du pays et pour qu'on leur délivre un passeport (2003-avril 2005)

18 April 2005 | Publisher: Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada | Document type: Query Responses

Australia: Update to AUS33130.E of 4 November 1999 on the protection offered to victims of domestic violence; whether protection is extended to minors whose fathers who are alleged to have been violent to their ex-partners; whether there are laws against incest and sexual relations with minors; whether there are areas in the country where such activities are tolerated; consent required from custodial and non-custodial parents for international travel and issuance of passports for minors (2003 - April 2005)

18 April 2005 | Publisher: Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada | Document type: Query Responses

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