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How to Prepare Your RSD Interview (1)

The purpose of the interview is for the UNHCR to decide if you are a refugee under the 1951 Convention or the extended mandate definition. Here’s some suggestion that you may take in order to prepare your interview with UNHCR; Read more

Legal Framework and Role of UNHCR to RSD

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There are several factors that result in refugees and asylum seekers being denied effective protection in Indonesia. These factors include lack of legal protection, long waiting periods for permanent resettlement, limited basic livelihood support (housing, healthcare, education, and work rights) and inhumane conditions in detention centres.

Despite the significant risks arising from travelling in people smugglers’ boats to Australia, the circumstances facing refugees and asylum seekers in Indonesia often lead people to make a dangerous decision.

Since 2011, government of Indonesia is in favor to develop Presidential Regulation on Handling Refugee and Asylum Seeker or Peraturan Presiden (Perpres) tentang Penanganan Orang Asing Pencari Suaka dan Pengungsi.  According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in early 2015, the Perpres will be attached with the Integrated Fixed Procedure, or Prosedur Tetap Terpadu, on Handling Refugee and Asylum Seeker. But, up until now, the Perpres is not yet adopted. Read more

Summary Definition of Refugee

Under the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, the definition could be simplified in a bullet point below;

 The definition of refugee under the 1951 Convention is;

  1. A person who is outside his/her country of nationality (or habitual residence if have no nationality),
  2. Who is unable or (owing to his or her fear) unwilling to avail him/herself of the protection of that country (ie to return there),
  3. Because of a ‘well-founded’ fear;
    1. Subjective element – he/she must be afraid
    2. Objective element – there must be evidence from his/her country (eg newspaper articles, ngo reports, un reports) that shows that he/she has a good reason to be afraid
  4. Of persecution (eg threat to life or freedom or other serious violations of human rights),
  5. Based on;
    • Race (includes ethnic group),
    • Religion,
    • Nationality (ethnic or linguistic group),
    • Political opinion, or
    • Membership of a particular social group (usually persons of similar background, habits or social status, often with a characteristic which is innate, unchangeable or fundamental).

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Self Help Kit: Appeal on UNHCR Refugee Status Determination

 

Due to the large number of people requesting legal aid, Suaka is unable to meet with you until you have done your best to provide these things. If you cannot read and write please speak with other members of your community and ask them to help you write your statement.

This page is for information only. It is not legal advice.

Please find information about Suaka’s services below:

SUAKA’s legal advisors are trained volunteers, they receive no payment.
SUAKA’s legal services are free. If anyone in your community asks for money to help you speak to us this is wrong.
SUAKA’s legal services are confidential – we do not share your information with any other organisation.
SUAKA is independent from UNHCR, IOM, Immigration, Police and Government.
SUAKA’s legal advisors are not able to influence UNHCR’s decisions. We cannot guarantee your application will succeed. We cannot make your application proceed more quickly.
SUAKA provides legal assistance only in relation to UNHCR applications for asylum (Refugee Status Determination – RSD).
SUAKA can provide limited information about the resettlement process but cannot assist with resettlement or sponsorship
SUAKA cannot provide material, financial or other assistance.
SUAKA’s Legal Aid Services are provided in accordance with the Nairobi Code.
SUAKA’s Volunteer Legal Advisors follow SUAKA Legal Aid Services Code of Conduct.

Information on UNHCR Appeal process, please read carefully.

If your application to UNHCR has been rejected, please read SUAKA’s Self Help Kit (SHK) for Appeals. 

SHKs are only available in English for now. They will soon be available in Farsi, Dari, Arabic, Tamil, Urdu, Oromo, Bahasa Indonesia.

Please download and read our Appeal Self Help Kit (SHK):
Suaka RSD Self Help Kit – APPEAL (Mar 2015).pdf

It includes information to help you understand:

  • What is a refugee?
  • Why you were your claim rejected by UNHCR?
  • Whether you should appeal.
  • How to write your appeal statement if you decide to appeal. You must write you appeal statement according to outline in SHK.
  • Problems at interviews.
  • Separately answer each rejection reason from your UNHCR letter of notification of rejection.
  • Write your story again from beginning to end, including as much detail as possible.

Once you have read the SHK, begin to write your statement.

If you would like advice on your completed statement please email suaka.legalaid@gmail.com and we will contact you.
Your email must include:

1. Copy of an asylum seeker certificate for every member of your family
2. Your written statement/history
3. Your contact phone number

You may also message Suaka legal aid on Whatsapp, Viber or Line on 0812 8425 6583

2013 Refugee Info Sessions 2

Self Help Kit: First Instance on UNHCR Refugee Status Determination

Due to the large number of people requesting legal aid, Suaka is unable to meet with you until you have done your best to provide these things. If you cannot read and write please speak with other members of your community and ask them to help you write your statement.

This page is for information only. It is not legal advice.

First Instance information, please read carefully.

This page explains the process of applying for refugee status in Indonesia.

Please download and read our First Instance Self Help Kit (SHK).
Suaka RSD Self Help Kit – FIRST INSTANCE.pdf

SHKs are only available in English for now. They will soon be available in Farsi, Dari, Arabic, Tamil, Urdu, Oromo, Bahasa Indonesia.

SUAKA SHKs include information about every step of the ‘Refugee Status Determination’ process, to help you understand what is required and what your rights are, including:
– what it means to be a refugee
– the process of becoming a refugee
– what information to provide to UNHCR
– how to write your statement.

Once you have read the SHK, begin to write your statement.

If you would like advice on your completed statement please email suaka.legalaid@gmail.com and we will contact you.
Your email must include:

1. Copy of an asylum seeker certificate for every member of your family
2. Your written statement/history
3. Your contact phone number

Please find information about Suaka’s services below:

SUAKA’s legal advisors are trained volunteers, they receive no payment.
SUAKA’s legal services are free. If anyone in your community asks for money to help you speak to us this is wrong.
SUAKA’s legal services are confidential – we do not share your information with any other organisation.
SUAKA is independent from UNHCR, IOM, Immigration, Police and Government.
SUAKA’s legal advisors are not able to influence UNHCR’s decisions. We cannot guarantee your application will succeed. We cannot make your application proceed more quickly.
SUAKA provides legal assistance only in relation to UNHCR applications for asylum (Refugee Status Determination – RSD).
SUAKA can provide limited information about the resettlement process but cannot assist with resettlement or sponsorship
SUAKA cannot provide material, financial or other assistance.
SUAKA’s Legal Aid Services are provided in accordance with the Nairobi Code
SUAKA’s Volunteer Legal Advisors follow SUAKA Legal Aid Services Code of Conduct

You may also message Suaka legal aid on Whatsapp, Viber or Line on 0812 8425 6583

2013 Refugee Info Sessions 2