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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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Colombia: 1. Please provide information relating to the risk of harm in Colombia, particularly in Cali, for (a) homosexuals generally, (b) gay rights activists, and (c) human rights activists generally. In doing so, please comment on the main groups that target such persons for harm. 2. Please provide information relating to the availability of state protection for each of the following groups. 3. Please provide information relating to the capacity of a person to relocate from Cali to another part of Colombia to avoid persecution of the type discussed in question 1. 4. Please provide information relating to the Liberal Party, particularly in relation to Cali during the period June 2009 - December 2010, including whether it was in power during this period and who its main leaders/figures were. Please also provide information relating to the relevant divisions of the Party relating to human rights and sexual diversity. 5. Please provide information relating to Senator Piedad Cordoba, described as a prominent proponent of gay rights, particularly during the period June 2009 - December 2010. 6. Please provide information relating to each of the followeing individuals/groups: (a) Partido Rosa (Pink Party) which is possibly linked to the Green Party; (b) deleted; (c) Ricardo Montenegro (or perhaps Ricardo Montenegro-Vasquez), described as a prominent gay rights activist who was also the director of Piedad Cordoba and a former candidate himself; (d) Pedro Santamaria, who ran a transsexual rights organisations called Santamaria; and (e) a transsexual rights activist known as 'La Madre' from Jamundi (just outside Cali)

31 January 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

Bahrain: 1. Please provide details of the protest(s) which took place in Bahrain on 14 February 2011, including the exact location of protest activities, the time the protest activities started, the sequence of events, the time the protest activities had ended on the day, the nature of the protest activities, the number of the participants, the profile of the participants and the reaction of the authorities. 2. Is there any evidence to suggest that protest activities had taken place on 14 February 2011 near the Municipality of Manama, the Diplomatic area or the Dower area? 3. What is the current situation in Bahrain in relation to opposition protests and the authorities' attitude towards the opposition and participants in demonstrations? 4. What is the typical profile of those targeted by the authorities for arrest, detention and mistreatment? Have family members of opposition figures and participants in demonstrations been targeted by the authorities? 5. What is the current situation of and the attitude of the authorities towards Shi'as in Bahrain? Is the Shi'a population in general at risk of harm because the authorities have imputed all Shi'as with anti-government opinion? 6. Please provide information on protests in support of the 2011 Bahraini uprising in Australia, particularly in Sydney and Brisbane. 7. Is there any information to suggest that Bahrainis who have participated in protests in Australia are at risk of facing harm if they were to return to Bahrain? Is there any information to suggest their family members in Bahrain have been targeted?

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

China: 1. Is there any information about treatment of family members of persons who have complained/petitioned against corruption by local government officials in China (and in particular Fujian Province)?

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

Pakistan: 1. How many Pakistanis are not practising Muslims but also either not followers of other religions or actually agnostic/atheist, where do they live and is there any evidence of them being targeted for harm because of their non-practice of Islam/agnosticism/atheism? 2. Is there any evidence of the blasphemy laws being used recently (in the last five years or so) against individuals who do not practice or follow Islam but also do not practice or follow another religion?

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

Myanmar: 1. Please provide an updated overview of the current political climate and security situation in Burma.

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

India: 1. Please provide an update on relocating to New Delhi, and the general acceptance of gay men there. 2. Please provide information on MASI/HIJDA/Hijra and their interplay (if any) with gay communities. 3. Please provide information on relocating to Bangalore for someone who has IT qualifications.

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

Syria: 1. Please provide information on conscription and military service in Syria. 2. Is it likely that someone who has completed his military service is considered a reservist and has been called upon to serve in that capacity?

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

China: 1. Can you provide translations of information about the criminal offence of assaulting a police officer and provision for minors? 2. Is there any information suggesting that members of the Local Church do not celebrate Christmas or Easter? 3. Do members of the Local Church believe in and study the Old Testament? 4. Are there any reports of overseas activists' computers being hacked and wiped by Chinese authorities? 5. Are there any reports or information which suggests that the government undertook a campaign of checking computers of people with police records due to the threat of the China Jasmine Revolution? 6. Is there any information about what information was publicly available in China in relation to the Jasmine Revolution (events in China) and when this ceased to be available?

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

India: 1. Please provide background information on AISSF and any ill-treatment of its members by the authorities in India. 2. Is there a link between AISSF and followers of Khalistan? 3. Is there any evidence that members of AISSF are targeted by the authorities for having links with the Pakistan ISI?

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

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