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Event promotion: Refugee Protection in Hong Kong Today Online Talk

Online Talk: Refugee Protection in Hong Kong Today 

Speaker: Surabhi Chopra
Raquel Amadopr
Chloe Fung
Date: 2021.03.31 (Wed)
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Online (zoom session details will be given after registration).
Language: English

Abstract:
This talk will focus on people seeking asylum / refugees in present-day Hong Kong. We will discuss the forces that drive people to seek asylum in Hong Kong and the circumstances in which they live here.

China has not extended the 1951 Refugee Convention to Hong Kong, which means that the government is not bound by this international treaty to recognize and protect the rights of refugees. However, Hong Kong is a party to the United Nations Convention against Torture and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Thus, the Hong Kong government is obligated under these treaties to protect people in Hong Kong – regardless of their formal residence status – from torture, refoulement, persecution, ill-treatment or arbitrary deprivation of life. These obligations have prompted the establishment of an official system to evaluate whether individuals would face these risks if returned to their countries of origin.

If someone’s claim for protection from forcible return to their country is found to be valid, and they are recognised as a refugee (who the government labels as a ‘substantiated non-refoulement claimant’), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees works to re-settle them in a third country. This process can take many years. In the meantime, families seeking asylum navigate many challenges accessing education, employment, availing social services, and making ends meet financially in Hong Kong.

In our talk, we will examine the governmental and United Nations mechanisms in relation to refugees in Hong Kong. We will also discuss the socio-economic realities of being an asylum applicant in Hong Kong. We will highlight civil society advocacy in Hong Kong, including advocacy by refugees themselves, to recognise and respect the rights of refugees. Finally, we will outline areas for future reform.

Speakers:
The talk will be held by the research team of the project Immigration Detention and Vulnerable Migrants in Hong Kong: Evaluating the System, Facilitating Reform (funded by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council). Surabhi Chopra is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, CUHK specialising in human rights. Raquel Amador is a researcher, lawyer and civil society advocate specialising in migrants’ rights. Chloe Fung is a researcher with a particular interest in data analysis and visualisation to advance rights protection and transparency.

Registration: https://www.lib.cuhk.edu.hk/en/node/2517

UNODC: Internship Recruitment

An internship opportunity are opening with the Secretariat of the International Narcotics Control Board (SINCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), at UNODC! The internship is unpaid, and expected to last 6 months, starting from the beginning/mid February 2021. English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, oral and written fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.
NOTE: To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
(a) be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
(b) be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent).
(OFFICIAL WRITTEN PROOF FROM THE UNIVERSITY SUPPORTING ONE OF THE ABOVE POSSIBILITIES MUST BE ATTACHED TO THE INSPIRA APPLICATION)
Don’t miss the chance, click here for more details!

New Course Promotion: Fraud Investigation in Hong Kong – Advanced Level

‘Fraud Investigation in Hong Kong – Advanced Level’ Webinar Series, organized by Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (Hong Kong Chapter) is happening in November this year!

Come join us in advancing our knowledge in fraud! Register now at https://www.hkacfe.com/training/advanced-2020!

ACCCJ: 2020 Jiang-Land-Wang Outstanding Student Paper Award Submissions

ACCCJ is accepting submissions for the 2020 Jiang-Land-Wang Outstanding Student Paper Award. This award is named after Dr. Shanhe Jiang of Wayne State University, Dr. Kenneth C. Land of Duke University and Dr. Jin Wang of Sun Yat-Sen University, who made a generous donation to ACCCJ. Established in 2014 to encourage scholarly work among graduate students, this award is given to recognize an outstanding student paper on a topic related to crime and justice in the greater China (e.g., mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau ) or Chinese residents and immigrants and/or their communities overseas.

The winning student(s) will receive a plaque and a $300 cash award, and will be recognized at the ACCCJ general member meeting during the American Society of Criminology annual conference in Washington, DC.

Submission deadline: All papers should be submitted in electronic format by August 31, 2020 to Jessica Li at cmj.li@polyu.edu.hk

Click here for more details!