Immigration

Fiji has to honor refugee obligations

Immigration Department Director Nemani Vuniwaqa says Fiji was accepting asylum seekers because it was a signatory to the 1951 UNHCR Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. Mr. Vuniwaqa said each asylum seeker who staked his claim at the border would undergo a Refugee Status Determination Process administered by the office of the United Nations High Commissioner […]

Navin Kumar

October 1, 2015 2:48 pm

Immigration Department Director Nemani Vuniwaqa says Fiji was accepting asylum seekers because it was a signatory to the 1951 UNHCR Convention relating to the Status of Refugees.

Mr. Vuniwaqa said each asylum seeker who staked his claim at the border would undergo a Refugee Status Determination Process administered by the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees is the key legal document in defining who is a refugee, their rights and the legal obligations of states. The 1967 Protocol removed geographical and temporal restrictions from the convention.

Mr. Vuniwaqa explained those whose claims were not verified were sent back to their native country.

Mr. Vuniwaqa, at a press conference on Tuesday:

So far, we have confirmed refugees from Afghanistan, we have Somalia, one from Pakistan, Nigeria, Eritrea, Ghana, one Congolese who moved on to France and Russians moved on to New Zealand.

He added there was one Tunisian and one Bangladeshi who were awaiting the outcome of their refugee status determination process.  Three have beenn relocated to New Zealand and one Congolese national has moved on to France.

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