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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. 76446

10 February 2010 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Topic(s): Crimes against humanity - Military service / Conscientious objection / Desertion / Draft evasion / Forced conscription - Racial / Ethnic persecution | Countries: New Zealand - Sudan

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. 1248/93, Re TP

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31 July 1995 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | 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. 61/91

13 February 1992 | Judicial Body: New Zealand: Refugee Status Appeals Authority | Topic(s): Credibility assessment - Crimes against humanity - Exclusion clauses - Military service / Conscientious objection / Desertion / Draft evasion / Forced conscription - Persecution based on political opinion | Countries: Iran, Islamic Republic of - New Zealand

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