Case Study: Mr. Gabriel Marshal Nylowa Yak

James A. Rice


In the following case, a refugee and victim
of torture, fled religious persecution in
Sudan. He first arrived in Syria where he
made a claim to asylum to the UNHCR.
His claim was initially refused and he
fled to Hong Kong. The High Commissioner
ruled that Gabriel was an "irregular
mover" and that his appeal
could not be considered in Hong Kong. He
was sent against his will, back to Syria,
without any of the documentation that
substantiated his claim. During the
entire time that his case was being considered,
it was closely followed by Amnesty
International. Gabriel was
ultimately successful in his appeal and
was granted protection as a refugee. He
was resettled in the United States, where
he lives today.

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