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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:
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Refugee Appeal Nos. 74796 & 74797

The decision was subsequently judicially reviewed by the High Court: X & Y v. Refugee Status Appeals Authority, CIV-2006-404-4213 (17 December 2007); and the High Court’s decision was appealed before the Court of Appeal: X v Refugee Status Appeals Authority [2009] NZCA 488 (20 October 2009).

19 April 2006 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Crimes against humanity - Exclusion clauses - Persecution based on political opinion - Tamil | Countries: New Zealand

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