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2012 East Asia Symposium: Forced Migration and Human Trafficking


27-29 October 2012


2012 East Asia Symposium


Legislation and the Developing Asylum Policy in East Asia (29 October 2012, Taipei)


Venue:Soochow University, Downtown Campus, R.5211


The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN), together with key refugee advocates and practitioners from East Asia are coming together to hold this symposium, with the aim of encouraging the development of asylum policy and legislation, and ensuring that it results in meaningful protection for refugees in practice. Legislation and government policy around asylum has changed and is changing in important ways in East Asia. Understanding and adapting to these changes is an ongoing challenge for all those working with or for refugees. It remains a priority to implement these policies and laws in practice and in a way that serves to protect refugees and provide a sustainable livelihood and durable solutions.


The “Korean Refugee Bill” and “Taiwan Refugee Act” are two examples of recent legislative developments that will set a powerful precedent in the region. Each has implications for whether and how refugee populations are protected and provided for in those countries. These laws also have implications for those working in neighboring countries in East Asia.


This Symposium brings key actors from Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Macau, Mongolia and Taiwan together to discuss legislative progress, identify and debate key issues, and challenge misconceptions about the most vulnerable population in Asia: refugees.


The Symposium venue seats 100 people and the event is open to the public, however, you can reserve a space by registering online. A detailed program can now be downloaded here: Click


If you have any questions please write to Anoop Sukumaranfrom APRRN at Anoop@aprrn.info; or E-Ling Chiu from Taiwan Association for Human Rights ateeling@tahr.org.tw.

如果你有任何疑問,歡迎寫信與亞太難民權利網絡的 Anoop Sukumaran (Anoop@aprrn.info)聯繫,或與台灣人權促進會聯繫。

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Workshops on Protecting the Rights of Refugees, Asylum-seekers, and Victims of Human Trafficking


Day 1: International Refugee Protection in Law, Policy and Practice


Day 2: Immigration Detention: Exploring access, monitoring and alternatives


27-28 October 2012, Taipei


Venue:Taipei Bar Association


These workshops will focus on forced migration and the response to it in law and practice with a particular focus on legal frameworks and governments’ tendency to detain.


Both domestic and international law have developed dramatically over the past 60 years, although often begrudgingly and only in response to massive atrocities that have shocked the conscience of humankind. It often seems that legal innovation has failed to either prevent the atrocities that lead to forced migration, or even to assure international protection and assistance when forced migration occurs; yet, thousands of lives are saved every year through asylum and other legal mechanisms which are improving over time. During the workshops on day 1, participants will look at these legal mechanisms comparatively and critically.


Governments and the general public that they represent have legitimate concerns about stability, security, and public health and welfare among other issues; and in an attempt to deliver on these policy objectives, they tend to use detention as a migration management tool. Day 2 will look more specifically at standards relating to the detention of migrants, access to immigration detention in the region, the methodologies of preventive monitoring, and implementing alternatives to detention through different models of community integration.


These workshops will be useful for anyone who advocates for or works directly with migrants, such as: NGO staff, lawyers, social workers, and government immigration and social welfare officers, among others. The modalities used during the training will include some lecture, discussions, small group sessions and case studies. With a diverse group of participants we benefit from each participant’s expertise and experience.