Mr Chen Yonglin's request for political asylum

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Mr Chen Yonglin's request for political asylum

12 September 2005

© Commonwealth of Australia 2005
ISBN 0 642 71569 6

View the report as a single document - (PDF 1206KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Members of the Committee (PDF 180KB)
Recommendations (PDF 113KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 171KB)

Background to the inquiry
Establishment of the inquiry
Terms of reference
Conduct of the inquiry
   Structure of the report

Chapter 2 - Mr Chen Yonglin's request for political asylum (PDF 299KB)
Initial contact with DIMIA
DIMIA's version
   Identity check
   Discrepancies between Mr Chen and DIMIA's accounts of 26 May
   Procedures for confirming identity
   Safety concerns
Maintenance of confidentiality for applicants of territorial asylum and/or protection visas
   Human Rights Law
   The Migration Act 1958
   Privacy Act 1988
Action taken on the morning of 26 May after Mr Chen delivered his request for political asylum
   Contact with senior executives in Canberra and DFAT
Chapter 3 - The Minister's decision and ministerial responses (PDF 232KB)
Territorial asylum/subclass 800 Visa
Concerns regarding refusal of territorial asylum visa
   No reasons provided
   Time taken for the decision
   Mr Chen not interviewed
   The refusal not provided to Mr Chen in writing
Ministerial responses to Mr Chen's initial approaches for asylum/protection
   Conflicting reports from Ministers
Chapter 4 - The government's response to Mr Chen's request for political asylum (PDF 245KB)
DFAT's response after the Minister declines Mr Chen's request
DIMIA's response after the Minister declines Mr Chen's request
31 May 2005 meeting
      Did DFAT encourage Mr Chen to return to and contact the consulate?
   Further contact with Chinese consulate
      Did a DFAT officer provide DIMIA advice?
Government response to protection visa application
   Further possible breaches - Foreign Minister and DFAT
Chapter 5 - Mr Chen's claims and support for them (PDF 216KB)
Mr Chen's claims
Persecution in China
Spying in Australia
   Government response to allegations
Harassment of Australian citizens
   Kidnapping allegations
Other issues raised with the committee
   Treatment of Chinese nationals applying for protection
   Concerns with information used for DIMIA assessments
   Questioning of Chinese nationals by Chinese officials
Additional comments – Senator Andrew Bartlett (PDF 138KB)
Further comment – Senator Bob Brown (PDF 113KB)
Government Members' Minority Report – Senator David Johnston (PDF 433KB)
Appendix 1 - Public submissions (PDF 111KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 145KB)
Appendix 3 - Additional information, tabled documents, and answers to questions on notice (PDF 158KB)
Appendix 4 - Statement provided by DIMIA
(Available in PDF format only)
(PDF 131KB)
Appendix 5 - Support for Mr Chen's claims (PDF 103KB)

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3538
Fax: +61 2 6277 5818