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August 2016 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

August saw the end of the 2016 Rio Olympics, which, for the first time ever, had a Refugee team! As we cheered them on, we also cheered on our own athletes, our hikers and runners in our joint rehabilitation programme with Free to Run, who also started their training in August and who doubtlessly draw inspiration from the Olympic team.

The month of August has also been an exciting time for us as we organised and participated in several events and training sessions, building on our goal to raise awareness of forced migrants’ rights and build capacity to address these issues. You can read more about these below, including our Refugee Status Determination Legal Aid Workshops in Indonesia, a lunchtime talk by renowned refugee advocate Professor Yiombi Thona, speaking at the Asia Pro Bono Forum (PILnet) and more.

In addition to our monthly newsletter, we also have social media channels where we post regular updates, articles and upcoming events, so do follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter for more news.

Warmly,

Piya Muqit

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AUGUST HIGHLIGHTS

Lunchtime discussion with Professor Yiombi Thona

Justice Centre speaks at HPAIR

On August 22, we were honoured to have Professor Yiombi Thona, renowned refugee advocate and Deputy Chair of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN), deliver a lunchtime talk on his experience seeking protection in South Korea and comparing the protection systems of South Korea and Hong Kong. Prof. Yiombi also met with graduates from our Voices for Protection programme and shared his valuable experience advocating for refugee rights. Thank you to Davis Polk & Wardwell who generously hosted the event. For those of you unable to make it, stay tuned for the recording which will be made available soon.
Thanks to Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) for having us at the conference this year. Our Executive Director, Piya, was a panelist in the Humanitarian Affairs stream discussing ‘Asia’s Refugee Crisis’, and our Public Engagement Coordinator, Zamira Monteiro, delivered a seminar on “Words Matter: The Impact of Public Rhetoric on the Rights of Refugees”. It was an exciting opportunity to meet young leaders from around the world and raise awareness of forced migrants’ rights.

Piya at the PILnet Asia Pro Bono Forum

Training for Duty Lawyers with Mark Symes

Our Executive Director, Piya Muqit, joined the Asia Pro Bono Forum organised by PILnet on August 30th. The Forum brought together law firms, clearing houses, universities and civil society working to provide access to justice. Piya moderated a workshop session on the role of pro bono support to frontline NGOs assisting refugees, alongside panelists from SUAKA Indonesia, UNHCR Thailand, and Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.
Justice Centre Hong Kong co-organized an interactive workshop for duty lawyers representing protection claimants in the Unified Screening Mechanism. The 3-day workshop was led by Mark Symes, a well-respected UK-based barrister specialising in asylum and human rights law, and provided a platform for duty lawyers to share their expertise and experiences working with asylum seekers in Hong Kong.

Refugee Status Determination Legal Aid Workshops

Women’s hiking group kicking off

Our Senior Legal Advisor, Adam Severson delivered a three-day Refugee Status Determination Legal Aid Workshop for the Jesuit Refugee Service Indonesia and Suaka - Indonesian Civil Society Network for Refugee Rights Protection. We look forward to delivering more training sessions for both local and overseas lawyers. For more information, contact Adam.
Our women’s hiking group and mixed gender track training group kicked off their training last month, as part of our joint rehabilitation programme with Free to Run. This programme enables refugees to exercise regularly with experienced coaches, which is very important for mental and physical well-being.
Ahead of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council elections on September 4, Justice Centre published an opinion piece on why fear-mongering politics has no place in a multicultural city like Hong Kong. The piece was published in Chinese in Stand News and in English in Hong Kong Free Press.
“Some of Hong Kong’s large and vibrant community of migrants are extremely vulnerable, especially to exploitation through trafficking or forced labour. Treating migrants like criminals only heightens this vulnerability and makes it harder for us to identify victims,” writes Jade Anderson, our Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator, in South China Morning Post. Read Jade’s op-ed here.

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Sponsor Trish and her team as they trek a whopping 55km across Lantau in October to raise funds to support our work! Justice Centre relies entirely on donations to provide life saving legal and psycho-social services to refugees in Hong Kong. With your help, we can do more.
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