Indians, Bangladeshis, and Indonesians dominate torture claims

Local | 13 Feb 2018 10:16 pm

Torture claims from Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Indonesians and Vietnamese accounted for 80 percent of torture claimants in Hong Kong, last year, the Immigration Department said today.

At the end of 2017, 5,899 claims were pending screening. This was a drop of 41 percent compared with 9,981 claims at the end of 2016, the department said.

At the end of 2017, the department had received 15,368 claims and determined 10,565 claims, among which 86 were substantiated (including 24 claims substantiated at the appeal stage), while 5,603 claims were withdrawn.

The Unified Screening Mechanism to screen torture claims began operation in March 2014.

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