East Asia

The East Asia Working Group covers the following countries: Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Macau, Mongolia and Taiwan.

Working Group key activities include:

Advocacy:

  • Increase refugee voices through effective advocacy strategies.
  • Organise awareness raising events that address xenophobia and highlight the contributions refugees make to host societies.
  • Seek opportunities for roundtable discussions with different stakeholders.
  • Engage with governments through advocacy, lobbing and collaboration.
  • Advocate for alternatives to detention and the monitoring of detention facilities.
  • Encourage cooperation on resettlement programmes between the countries where refugees are being resettled and the destination countries.

Capacity-strengthening:

  • Expand training on psycho-social support, interpretation, alternatives to detention and statelessness.

Resource sharing and outreach:

  • Facilitate good practice exchange through online meetings, Google Groups, social media and the website.
  • Outreach to civil society in under- and unrepresented countries e.g. China and Mongolia.
  • Raise awareness on North Korean refugee issues.

Working Group Chairs:

Chair: Victoria Wisniewski Otero (Justice Centre Hong Kong)
Deputy Chair: Il Lee (Advocates for Public Interest Law, Japan)

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