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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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India: 1. Do the Nai Sikh, Rai Sikh, and Jatt Sikh castes exist? If so, please provide general information on each, including whether Nai Sikh and Rai Sikh are ever described as being Backward Classes or Other Backward Classes? 2. Is there such a document as Punjab Government's letter No.1/88/93 RC-1/1016 dated 2.2.94? 3. Are people targeted in Faridkot, Punjab, for marrying outside their caste? Please provide current information. 4. Could an educated couple in an inter-caste marriage relocate from the Punjab to another part of India? 5. Are there systems in place that would enable a policeman from the Punjab to be able to trace family members anywhere in India?

4 April 2012 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

El Salvador: 1. Can you provide current information about the street gangs in El Salvador? 2. What efforts have the police and the government made to protect citizens from these threats and violence? 3. Do the gangs operate throughout El Salvador or are there cities other than San Salvador not affected by gang violence?

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

Zambia: 1. Please provide any reports of human sacrifice in Zambia in last six years. 2. Deleted. 3. Is there any law in Zambia which states that Chiefs cannot be prosecuted in a court of law?

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

Ethiopia: 1. Please provide information relating to the treatment of lesbians in Ethiopia. 2. Deleted. 3. Please provide information in relation to any prominent gay rights activists or organisations, as well as any known gay bars (or other such venues) in Ethiopia.

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

Zimbabwe: 1. Please provide information on the situation for young women living alone, particularly in Harare. 2. To what extent do the authorities provide protection to young women living alone, particularly in Harare?

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

Zimbabwe: 1. Please provide information on the situation for young women living alone, particularly in Harare. 2. To what extent do the authorities provide protection to young women living alone, particularly in Harare?

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

Kenya: 1. Is there information suggesting that police and/or Mungiki extort money from Matatu (minibus) drivers in Kenya? 2. Is there any information to indicate that there is a ‘Thai' religion in Kenya that is distinct from Mungiki? If so, do followers attract adverse attention from authorities? 3. Deleted. 4. Deleted. 5. Is there any general information on the question of a land price boom, and is there information about people muscling in on land owners and harassing them to part with or sell their land?

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

Netherlands: 1. Please provide information on the size and distribution of the Tigrinyan community in the Netherlands. 2. Please provide any available information on the prevalence of domestic violence in the Tigrinyan community. 3. Please provide information on attitudes towards single mothers in the Tigrinyan community. 4. What protection do the Dutch authorities provide to women who face domestic violence? 5. Are there any programs providing protection and support to women from ethnic minority groups such as the Tigrinyan community in the Netherlands?

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

Pakistan: 1. Please provide information on the general level of crime in Faisalabad. 2. To what extent do authorities provide protection against such criminal activity? 3. Please provide information on the situation for older women living alone in Faisalabad (including in relation to their ability to maintain a household and whether there are any reports of such people being targeted for criminal activity). 4. What support or protection is available to older women living alone, particularly in Faisalabad? 5. To what extent has the Taliban been active in Faisalabad? 6. What steps have the Pakistani authorities taken to address such activity?

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

China: 1. What are the legal penalties for perpetrators of domestic violence, especially in Liaoning Province? 2. What protection is provided by State authorities for the victims of domestic violence? 3. What services are available from the State and NGOs for victims? 4. What is the attitude of the authorities and of society generally to domestic violence and victims of domestic violence?

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

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