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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. Please provide background information on the activities of the DSS, including how widespread their activities are in India. 2. Is there any information on DSS members being attacked by Sikh 'extremist' groups? If so, are attacks limited to particular geographic locations in India? 3. Is there any evidence of government authorities in India supporting Sikh 'extremist groups' in their violence against members of the DSS?

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

Nepal: 1. Please provide information as to whether the Young Communist League (YCL) seeks 'donations' from businesses in Nepal and, if so, is there reporting of the YCL requesting 'donations' by letter and/or engaging in extortion? 2. Deleted.

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

Vietnam: 1. Please provide information regarding the likelihood that a person's death need not be registered in rural Vietnam. 2. Please provide information on the identification/household registration documents that citizens of Vietnam are required to possess; and the likelihood that a released prisoner would not need to obtain new documents.3. Deleted. 4. Please provide information about the confiscation or expropriation of land in Vietnam. Please include any information relating to the resistance of such activities and whether it is common for people to be arrested and charged with resisting or opposing the confiscation of land. Please also include any information that indicates that land is being confiscated by corrupt officials for their own personal gain.

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

Indonesia: 1. Is it an offence to engage in political activities to oppose the Helsinki MoU and if yes, what is the formal name of the offence? 2. Please provide English translations of the following laws/articles/sections of Indonesian law: a. Article 7, Clause (1), Letter (g) Indonesian Criminal Code b. Article 112, Clause (1) and Clause (2) Indonesian Criminal Code c. Article 113 Indonesian Criminal Code d. Law Number 2, 2002 regarding the National Police of the Republic of Indonesia 3. Are there reports that the Acehnese community misunderstood that the MoU and subsequent 2006 elections would provide independence as opposed to autonomy for Aceh? 4. What are the consequences of not appearing when summoned to attend an Indonesian police station? 5. Can Indonesian police access immigration departure records to ascertain if an individual has departed Indonesia? 6. In 2003 DFAT advised there is no formal requirement to provide a police clearance with a passport application. Are there reports of this having changed (i.e. were police clearances required in 2011?)

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

Indonesia: 1. Please explain briefly how Ahmadiyah Islam differs from the majority Islam in Indonesia. 2. Is proselytising a key feature of Ahmadiyah Islam? 3. Please provide an update on the latest advice (of 29 June 2011) on the treatment of Ahmadis in Indonesia. Is the ban against Ahmadis still in place?

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

Pakistan: 1. What evidence is there of individuals who are family members of members of the Pakistani army being targeted for harm by fundamentalist militant groups throughout Pakistan?

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

Sudan: 1. Is there any information to indicate that doctors or other medical practitioners in Sudan are being - or have been - targeted for harm by Sudanese authorities? 2. Please provide summary information on the Sudanese medical system, including the ability of those in need of medical treatment to obtain access to necessary services; the standard of medical treatment provided; and the standard of medical training and infrastructure in the country. 3. Please provide information on the current government in Sudan and its stance towards opposition parties and whether there is government sponsored harm towards opponents. 4. Please provide information about the Sudanese Federal Democratic party. 5. Please provide information about freedom of religion in Sudan. 6. Please provide information about the attitude of the Sudanese government towards Sufism. 7. Please provide any information about the treatment of returnees from the West and failed asylum seekers.

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

Zimbabwe: 1. Please provide information on whether it is necessary to have a ZANU PF card to access health, food, and university education?

9 December 2011 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

India: 1. What are the societal attitudes towards single mothers and children born out of wedlock in India/Andhra Pradesh? 2. Are there any reported instances of honour killings in recent years around Hyderabad? 3. What assistance (financial, social, accommodation, education, etc) would be available to single mothers and children born out of wedlock without fathers, particularly in Andhra Pradesh? 4. What legal protection against violence would be available to women and children in such circumstances? Is there anything to suggest that they would not be protected by the police and authorities?

2 December 2011 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Zimbabwe: 1. Deleted. 2. Deleted. 3. Please refer to Country Advice ZWE38123. Are there any updates to this response in relation to attacks against family members of MDC activists, in Harare, during 2011?

24 November 2011 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

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