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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. 76012

18 April 2007 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Abduction - Conflict situation - Country of origin information (COI) - Credibility assessment - Extrajudicial executions - Non-state agents of persecution - Persecution based on political opinion - Prosecution vs persecution - Racial / Ethnic persecution - Tamil - Unlawful departure | Countries: New Zealand - Sri Lanka

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

Refugee Appeal No. 74140

8 November 2005 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Document type: Case Law | Countries: New Zealand - Sri Lanka

Refugee Appeal No. 73752

16 December 2004 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Country of origin information (COI) - Non-state agents of persecution - Persecution based on political opinion - Tamil | Countries: New Zealand - Sri Lanka

Refugee Appeal No. 74848

20 July 2004 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Arbitrary arrest and detention - Country of origin information (COI) - Evidence (including age and language assessments / medico-legal reports) - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Internal flight alternative (IFA) / Internal relocation alternative (IRA) / Internal protection alternative (IPA) - Mental health - Non-state agents of persecution - Persecution based on political opinion - SGBV - Tamil | Countries: New Zealand - Sri Lanka

Refugee Appeal No. 74813

6 November 2003 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Appeal / Right to appeal - Country of origin information (COI) - Independence of judiciary - Non-state agents of persecution - Persecution based on political opinion - Persecution of family members | Countries: New Zealand - Sri Lanka

Refugee Appeal No. 71462/99, Tamil and a Citizen of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka v. Refugee Status Branch of the New Zealand Immigration Service

Date of Hearing: 11 June 1999.

27 September 1999 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Tamil | Countries: New Zealand - Sri Lanka

Refugee Appeal No. 2142/94

20 March 1997 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Document type: Case Law | Countries: New Zealand - Sri Lanka

Refugee Appeal No. 1248/93, Re TP

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31 July 1995 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Child soldiers - Country of origin information (COI) - Credibility assessment - Crimes against humanity - Exclusion clauses - Military service / Conscientious objection / Desertion / Draft evasion / Forced conscription - Standard of proof - Tamil | Countries: New Zealand - Sri Lanka

Refugee Appeal No. 497/92

3 February 1994 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Agents of persecution - Internal flight alternative (IFA) / Internal relocation alternative (IRA) / Internal protection alternative (IPA) - Non-state agents of persecution - Persecution based on political opinion - Racial / Ethnic persecution - Tamil | Countries: New Zealand - Sri Lanka

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