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Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal ruled on refugee law gateway issue

Sebastian Ko 1st April 2013

On 25 March 2013, the Court of Final Appeal (CFA) in Hong Kong unanimously allowed an appeal by three asylum seekers, C, KMF and BF. The appeal is based on the repatriation orders of the Director of Immigration (DOI) of the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), which were made after the […]

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Contesting Refugee Status Cessation: The Rwandan Case

Guest Contributor 15th March 2013

By Kelly O’Connor – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) recommends that the refugee status of all Rwandans who fled the country between 1959 and 1998 should cease in June 2013. Rwandan officials argue that the country is safe. Fahamu, Human Rights Watch, and refugees themselves respond that ending refugee status could lead to […]

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Hounga v Allen: a danger for undocumented migrant workers

Anjoli Maheswaran Foster 11th March 2013

The ruling in Hounga v Allen will have a dangerous impact for undocumented migrant workers. The Court of Appeal’s application of the doctrine of illegality means that because these workers have no right to work, and thus their employment contract is illegal, they are deprived of all fundamental labour rights.  Ms Hounga was a Nigerian […]

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Protecting the Labour Rights and Human Rights of Migrant Domestic Workers – A Labour Regulation Approach

Guest Contributor 26th February 2013

By Professor Judy Fudge – Women who cross national borders in order to work in the households of other peoples’ families are very vulnerable to exploitation.Their precarious work situation is a function both of their precarious migrant status – typically they are admitted to the country in which they work on visas that tie their […]

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Stuck in Traffic?

Guest Contributor 22nd February 2013

By Professor Bridget Anderson – ‘Trafficking’ seems to extend the audience of those engaged with the human rights of migrants. Even those who are not usually sympathetic to the plight of undocumented migrants can engage with the plight of ‘victims of trafficking’ and respond to calls for their protection. Trafficking also seems to offer a rare patch […]

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