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Vision First

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Vision First

www.vfnow.org, 26 Oct 2015 [cached]

COSMO BEATSON

Cosmo Beatson, founder and executive director, is British and lived in Italy before moving to Hong Kong in 1989. He is married and has three daughters. He operated a trading company for two decades and retired in 2008, seeking more congruence between what he does in the world and what he is. He lives by the ideal that with great privilege comes great responsibility to influence the change we want in society. Dissatisfied with NGO objectives, in spring 2009 he launched Vision First. His core values and friendship with refugees ensure our driving spirit is solidarity, rooted in the fundamental dignity of each individual. The need to be guardians of society: Cosmo Beatson at TEDxHKUST.


Our Team Vision First

visionfirstnow.org, 12 June 2014 [cached]

Cosmo Beatson, Executive Director, is British and lived in Italy before moving to Hong Kong in 1989. He is married and has two daughters, Camelot 12 and Mira 1. He operated a trading company for two decades and retired in 2008, for more congruence between what I does in the world and what he is. He lives by the ideal that with great privilege comes great responsibility to influence the change we want in society. Dissatisfied with NGO objectives, in Spring 2009 he launched Vision First. His core values and friendship with refugees ensure our driving spirit is solidarity, rooted in the fundamental dignity of each individual. Cosmo studies theology at the Holy Spirit Seminary and contributes his thoughts to RTHK's "Minutes that Matter", posted here as personal reflections.


HK a ‘hard place’ for asylum seekers Vision First

visionfirstnow.org, 27 June 2012 [cached]

However, Cosmo Beatson, the co-ordinator of Vision First, a local volunteer organisation that provides humanitarian services to UNHCR asylum seekers and refugees in Hong Kong, said the recognition figure was closer to 3%, and his group had pushed the Hong Kong government to sign the UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.

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"The figure is about 3% and actually tells us that the system is not doing its job," Beatson said. "The recognition rate is extremely low, to the point that it is almost a joke. According to recent official figures, the recognition rates for refugees in Britain and Australia, where the ethnic mix of asylum seekers was similar to that of Hong Kong, were 35 per cent and 38.3 per cent. Asylum seekers in Hong Kong face a long screening process with the UNHCR or Immigration Department, which has only accepted one torture claimant since 2008. If accepted as refugees, they must resettle elsewhere, as the city has no legal obligation to grant them residency.
Beatson said that while it was true some applicants lied to authorities to buy time in Hong Kong for economic reasons, the system also screened out genuine applicants who faced torture or even death back in their home countries. Beatson suggested that Hong Kong follow the UK and most European countries and allow asylum seekers to work if their applications are pending for more than six months.
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But according to Cosmo Beatson of Vision First, an organization which helps asylum seekers and refugees in the city the number could be much lower as his group pushes the Hong Kong government to be a signatory of UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.


Cosmo Beatson, the founder ...

www.vfnow.org, 26 Oct 2015 [cached]

Cosmo Beatson, the founder and executive director of Vision First, who filed the complaint with the police, said he welcomed the news that an investigation had been started.


Refugees’ shabby compound appals activists Vision First

visionfirstnow.org, 19 May 2013 [cached]

Vision First executive director Cosmo Beatson said: "These dangerous, dirty, unliveable conditions must be exposed as a matter of social justice, because Hong Kong has an obligation to treat fairly those who seek asylum here.

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Lawmaker Dr Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung said he backed Beatson's and Tibbo's mission and would raise the issue in the Legislative Council.

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