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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. 76505

14 June 2010 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Topic(s): Country of origin information (COI) - Effective protection - Exclusion clauses - Non-state agents of persecution - Persecution based on political opinion - Political parties - Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - State protection | Countries: Iraq - New Zealand

Refugee Appeal No. 76376

11 May 2010 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Topic(s): Cessation clauses - Criminal justice - Exclusion clauses - Serious non-political crime | Countries: New Zealand - Somalia

Refugee Appeal No. 76060

18 December 2007 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Topic(s): Christian - Country of origin information (COI) - Exclusion clauses - Religious persecution (including forced conversion) | Countries: Iraq - New Zealand

Refugee Appeal No. 76142

4 December 2007 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Topic(s): Christian - Country of origin information (COI) - Credibility assessment - Exclusion clauses - Religious persecution (including forced conversion) | Countries: Iraq - New Zealand

Application No. 75891

16 April 2007 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Topic(s): Burden of proof - Cessation clauses - Evidence (including age and language assessments / medico-legal reports) - Exclusion clauses - Multiple nationality - Safe third country - Standard of proof | Countries: New Zealand - Somalia

Refugee Appeal Nos. 75946 & 75947

2 March 2007 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Topic(s): Changes of circumstances in home country - Country of origin information (COI) - Credibility assessment - Exclusion clauses - Non-state agents of persecution - Persecution based on political opinion - Persecution of family members - Social group persecution | Countries: Nepal - New Zealand

Refugee Appeal No. 75900

21 November 2006 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Topic(s): Abduction - Country of origin information (COI) - Exclusion clauses - Non-state agents of persecution - Persecution based on political opinion - Sunni | Countries: Iraq - New Zealand

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 | Topic(s): Crimes against humanity - Exclusion clauses - Persecution based on political opinion - Tamil | Countries: New Zealand

Refugee Appeal No. 74540

1 August 2003 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Topic(s): Country of origin information (COI) - Crimes against humanity - Death penalty - Exclusion clauses - Persecution based on political opinion - Political groups - Political parties - Prosecution vs persecution - Serious non-political crime - Terrorism | Countries: Algeria - New Zealand

Refugee Appeal No. 71435

30 November 1999 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Topic(s): Country of origin information (COI) - Exclusion clauses - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Internal flight alternative (IFA) / Internal relocation alternative (IRA) / Internal protection alternative (IPA) - Non-state agents of persecution - Persecution based on political opinion | Countries: New Zealand - Peru

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