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Query responses are replies to focused queries or requests for Information that are submitted in the course of the refugee status determination process.
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Belarus: 1. Please provide a brief overview of the political situation in Belarus. 2. Please provide information on how the Lukashenko regime deals with opposition and criticism and whether there is evidence of arrests, torture, beatings, and other repercussions such as expulsion from university or criminal framing of opposition activists. 3. Please provide information on the March of Freedom 2, including the organisers, location, aim, reaction of authorities etc. 4. Please provide similar information on the October Square protests in 2006. 5. Please provide evidence on an organisation called Spring. 6. Could you confirm that the General Public Prosecutor is Grigory Alekseevich. 7. Is there any information on returnee asylum seekers to Belarus?

30 November 2010 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Zimbabwe: 1. Please provide any information about the location of the township of Macheke, and its distance to Harare, and whether there is any profile of political allegiances in that area which would suggest the area was a ZANU-PF stronghold or an area where there was a history of persecution of MDC supporters in the period 2000-2006.

20 July 2010 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Fiji: 1. Please provide information on an organisation in Australia known as the Fiji Democracy Movement or the Fiji Movement for Democracy, including information on its activities and its office holders.

26 March 2010 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Myanmar: 1. Please provide some background information on the 8-8-88 protests and in particular any information about incidents which took place at Tada Phyu (White Bridge) bus stop at the bank of Inya Lake, shootings at Myenigone junction, and the incident at Kamaryut Police Station which was attacked to rescue a student beaten and arrested at the University religious hall? 2. Please provide some background information on the National League for Democracy (NLD). 3. Is there information on arrests/interrogations of members of NLD who do not have a high profile in 2002 (or thereabouts)? 4. Is there information about people being fired from jobs for involvement in the NLD? 5. Please provide information about the bus fare protests and White Expression Campaign in 2006. 6. What information is there on pressure to join the National Solidarity and Development organisation or sign a referendum? 7. What is the current situation for members of the community who oppose the government? Are arrests common?

29 July 2009 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Pakistan: 1. What is the current situation with respect to those participating in anti-Musharraf and pro-democracy demonstrations? 2. Is there any information to suggest different treatment of pro-democracy activists by the Pakistani police and the army? 3. Is there retrospective legislation allowing anti-government activities to be dealt with by military tribunals by military personnel and not the civil courts? Is it operating? 4. If there were outstanding charges against someone at the time of their departure from Pakistan, would these have been likely to be detected by the authorities at the airport and would any action be taken against them at that point?

19 February 2008 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Thailand: 1. Are political proponents of democracy in Thailand subjected to any adverse attention from the Thai authorities? 2. To what extent are such proponents subjected to arbitrary arrest and detention? 3. To what extent does the Thai government restrict freedom of speech? 4. Are individuals able to criticise the government publicly without reprisal? 5. Has the situation for such proponents of democracy worsened since the coup of 19 September 2006? 6. Does martial law still operate in Thailand? 7. If so, where? 8-13. Questions deleted. 14. Is there any evidence to support the claim that the payment of bribes to the police would be necessary to achieve a person's release from prison in Thailand?

30 May 2007 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

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