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This profile was last updated on 10/18/13  and contains information from public web pages.

Executive Director

Local Address: Hong Kong, China
Vision First's limited
1000 Massachusetts Ave , NW ,
Washington Dc, District of Columbia 20001
United States

Company Description: Vision First is committed to providing the best possible support for Hong Kong-based refugees. This support is provided irrespective of religion, race, nationality,...   more

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Our Team Vision First, 18 Oct 2013 [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.
Media Vision First, 18 Oct 2013 [cached]
- Cosmo Beatson
"This new policy oppresses refugees through the manipulation of food supplies," said Cosmo Beatson, executive director of Vision First.
Francesco Vecchio and Cosmo ..., 18 Oct 2013 [cached]
Francesco Vecchio and Cosmo Beatson write for the Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, an independent, student run publication that moves to engage with various aspects of forced migration through academic scholarship.
Cosmo Beatson is Vision First's co-founder and Executive Director. He left the business world, after twenty years in the China trade to pursue his ideals through founding Vision First.
Uncategorized Vision First, 18 Oct 2013 [cached]
"What matters for refugee families is `dollars in hand' - nothing else," said Cosmo Beatson, executive director of Vision First, a non-governmental organisation working with local refugees.
Cosmo Beatson Executive Director Vision First
Refugee Community Vision First, 18 Oct 2013 [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.
"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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