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New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority

The New Zealand Refugee Status Appeals Authority (RSAA) is an independent body established to determine appeals from decisions of the Refugee Status Branch of the New Zealand Immigration Service declining refugee status. The RSAA was initially established in 1991 under the prerogative powers of the Executive (Cabinet) of the New Zealand Government. The RSAA was later given statutory basis pursuant to the Immigration Amendment Act 1999, which came into force on 1 October 1999. The RSAA ceased to exist on 29 November 2010, when it was replaced by the Immigration and Protection Tribunal. Website: www.nzrefugeeappeals.govt.nz/
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Refugee Appeal No. 76348

28 July 2009 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Arbitrary arrest and detention - Credibility assessment - Falun Gong - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Religious persecution (including forced conversion) - Sur place persecution | Countries: China - New Zealand

Refugee Appeal No. 76284

The appellant's first claim was declined by the Refugee Status Branch of the Department of Labour, and on appeal (the first appeal) by the Authority (differently constituted) -- see Refugee Appeal No. 76065.

26 November 2008 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Appeal / Right to appeal - Arbitrary arrest and detention - Country of origin information (COI) - Falun Gong - Jurisdiction - Persecution of family members - Religious persecution (including forced conversion) | Countries: China - New Zealand

Refugee Appeal Nos. 76065 & 76066

A subsequent appeal was declined by the Refugee Status Appeals Authority on 26 November 2008 -- see Refugee Appeal No. 76284.

27 March 2008 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Arbitrary arrest and detention - Evidence (including age and language assessments / medico-legal reports) - Falun Gong - Religious persecution (including forced conversion) - Right to employment | Countries: China - New Zealand

Refugee Appeal Nos. 76100, 76101 & 76102

20 December 2007 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Arbitrary arrest and detention - Country of origin information (COI) - Credibility assessment - Passports - Persecution based on political opinion - Persecution of family members | Countries: New Zealand

Refugee Appeal No. 76007

19 September 2007 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Arbitrary arrest and detention - Christian - Credibility assessment - Religious persecution (including forced conversion) - Witnesses | Countries: China - New Zealand

Refugee Appeal No. 76054

9 July 2007 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Arbitrary arrest and detention - Buddhist - Credibility assessment - Evidence (including age and language assessments / medico-legal reports) - Passports - Religious persecution (including forced conversion) - Witnesses | Countries: China - New Zealand

Refugee Appeal No. 75973

9 March 2007 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Arbitrary arrest and detention - Country of origin information (COI) - Credibility assessment - Family law - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Persecution based on political opinion - Polygamy - Prison or detention conditions - Prosecution vs persecution - Right to employment - Right to family life - Unlawful departure | Countries: China - New Zealand

Refugee Appeal No. 73924

14 January 2005 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Arbitrary arrest and detention - Country of origin information (COI) - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Internal flight alternative (IFA) / Internal relocation alternative (IRA) / Internal protection alternative (IPA) - Persecution based on political opinion | Countries: China - New Zealand

Refugee Appeal No. 72123

19 October 2000 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Arbitrary arrest and detention - Christian - Country of origin information (COI) - Credibility assessment - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Religious persecution (including forced conversion) - Right to employment | Countries: China - New Zealand

Refugee Appeal No. 70295

18 April 1997 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Agents of persecution - Arbitrary arrest and detention - Country of origin information (COI) - Freedom of conscience - Freedom of religion - Internal flight alternative (IFA) / Internal relocation alternative (IRA) / Internal protection alternative (IPA) - Religious persecution (including forced conversion) - Taoist | Countries: China - New Zealand

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