Asylum-seeker camp proposal shut out in Legco

Local | 1 Dec 2016 5:29 pm

Lawmakers have voted down a non-binding motion moved by the DAB party urging the government to set up detention camps for asylum seekers.

Authorities are processing over 11,000 asylum claims, and some lawmakers say they should be housed in holding camps while their applications are vetted. The motion was rejected by just one vote. 

During the debate, the acting Security Secretary John Lee said that setting up such camps would throw up many resource and management problems.

The DAB motion said it wanted to discourage asylum seekers from working on the black market or committing other crimes in the territory while waiting for their applications to be processed. 

The Justice Centre Hong Kong welcomed the Legco veto. Rights activists say broad-based allegations against asylum seekers pave the way for discrimination against genuine applicants. -RTHK

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