Warnings: Using human rights and democracy as a cause to apply for refugee status


The right of asylum (sometimes called right of political asylum) is an ancient juridical concept, under which a person persecuted by their own country may be protected by another sovereign authority, such as another country or church official, who in medieval times could offer sanctuary.
Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that "Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution." The United Nations 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees guides national legislation concerning political asylum. Under these agreements, a refugee (or for cases where repressing base means has been applied directly or environmentally to the refugee) is a person who is outside their own country's territory (or place of habitual residence if stateless) owing to fear of persecution on protected grounds. Protected grounds include racecastenationalityreligionpolitical opinions and membership and/or participation in any particular social group or social activities. Rendering true victims of persecution to their persecutor is a particularly odious violation of a principle called non-refoulement, part of the customary and trucial Law of Nations.
These are the accepted terms and criteria as principles and a fundamental part in the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees non-refoulement order.
But, not everyone who flees their country is refugee. To apply for refugee status, they normally need to establish individually that their fear of persecution is well-founded. That’s why some try to cause troubles, especially political ones, to draw attention from international human rights organizations and anyone who cares.
According to analyses, nearly one out of every 10 illegal immigrants is demanding asylum, using “magic words” as a political dissident to claim they fear their home country, and apply for refugee status. That’s what is happening with Vietnamese cases.
 Now in Vietnam there are many individuals who want to resettle to another country, mostly for economic goals. They dream to migrate to rich countries like the U.S. and European nations to have more opportunities to get benefits for themselves. As the United States, it has a legal process for that immigrant to seek legal residency and eventually citizenship. Many immigrants, however, don't have such legal status and are thus undocumented. As such, they are subject to "removal" or deportation from the United States.
So, they try to score with the U.S. as anti-Vietnam, or more correctly anti-communist elements who are being persecuted by the Vietnamese authorities. Moreover, some ethnic individuals in the northern regions, in the Highland and the Cham, Khmer people who were deceived by hostile forces to go abroad for anti-Vietnamese activities. Because their migration alone have caused bad reputation for Vietnam in human rights and democracy.
It can be listed out some typical cases as Cu Huy Ha Vu, Pham Minh Hoang, etc and many extreme bloggers who have spread distorted and slanderous articles about the Party and State of Vietnam. Some have achieved their goals, some did not and some are still in prison for their crimes. This trick is not so unfamiliar to the Vietnamese government, people and even overseas Vietnamese, but still it is a miraculous cure for those who want to change their life abroad.
This article aims to awake other states before considering to grant refugee status for those opportunists, to not hurt relations between Vietnam and these countries./.
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All comments [ 10 ]

John Smith 6/6/17 20:27

Governments normally guarantee the basic human rights and physical security of citizens. But when civilians become refugees this safety net disappears.

Gentle Moon 6/6/17 20:28

Countries may not forcibly return (refoulement) refugees to a territory where they face danger or discriminate between groups of refugees. They should ensure that refugees benefit from economic and social rights, at least to the same degree as other foreign residents of the country of asylum.

LawrenceSamuels 6/6/17 20:29

For humanitarian reasons, states should allow a spouse or dependent children to join persons to whom temporary refuge or asylum has been granted.

Jane smartnic 6/6/17 20:30

A refugee has the right to safe asylum. However, international protection comprises more than physical safety.

yobro yobro 6/6/17 20:31

Refugees are required to respect the laws and regulations of their country of asylum.

Love Peace 6/6/17 20:37

Some countries, particularly in western Europe, argue that civilians fleeing generalized war or who fear persecution by non-governmental groups such as militias and rebels, should not be given formal refugee status.

MaskOf Zero 6/6/17 20:39

the origin of the persecution should not be decisive in determining refugee status, but rather whether a person deserves international protection because it is not available in the country of origin.

Only Solidar 6/6/17 20:41

People who apply for refugee status normally need to establish individually that their fear of persecution is well-founded.

Pack Cassiopian 6/6/17 20:44

Persons who have been determined, under an equitable procedure, not to be in need of international protection are in a situation similar to that of illegal aliens, and may be deported.

Deck Hero14 6/6/17 20:45

a person accused of these or other non-political crimes, whether innocent or guilty, may also be persecuted for political or other reasons, and is thus not necessarily excluded from refugee status. Furthermore, people convicted of the ‘crime’ of political activism may well be refugees.

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