Refugees, torture survivors, NGOs and faith groups will march through the centre of HK this Saturday to protest the government’s treatment of torture victims and to call for an urgent review of the screening system for assessing protection claims.
Despite its international obligations, HK has only ever recognised a total of three torture claimants out of 12,400 applications since 1992. 99.98% of claims were rejected, with the victims often being sent back to the horrors they thought they’d escaped. This blanket rejection of practically all applications brings international shame on our city. A city which is exceptionally wealthy and supposedly respects human right.
In 1992, the Hong Kong Government signed up to the United Nations Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT). The Immigration Department set up a screening mechanism to assess refugees’ claims