The Hong Kong High Court where the case is being heard. Photo: Wikipedia
The Hong Kong High Court where the case is being heard. Photo: Wikipedia

The Hong Kong High Court rejected a bid to remain in Hong Kong by a 33-year-old Filipina domestic worker, who alleged her husband in the Philippines had threatened to kill her when he discovered she had affairs with an Indian and a Pakistani.

Gennelyn DD wanted the court to review the Torture Claims Appeals Board decision that denied her asylum application, reported. The applicant had married her husband, who she said was an alcoholic, in 2007 and they had two children.

She left her husband in 2014 and moved to Hong Kong as a domestic worker. The husband sent her Facebook messages from time to time but she ignored them. She soon started a relationship with an Indian man after arriving in Hong Kong.

On December 5, 2014, the woman returned to the Philippines after the termination of her contract in Hong Kong, but she did not go home. Her husband later found out she had an affair with the Indian man and threatened to kill her if she went to Hong Kong again.

However, she returned to Hong Kong in February 2015 as a domestic worker. She claimed her husband kept sending her threatening messages due to her relationship with a Pakistani man in Hong Kong.

Her contract was terminated on June 30, 2015, but she overstayed in Hong Kong for nine days before surrendering to the Immigration Department and filing an asylum bid.

But Immigration denied her bid in August 2017 because there was no credible risk of torture, persecution, cruel or inhuman punishment, or threat to life against her. She also lost her appeal to the Torture Claims Appeal Board, which ruled her case was only “a case of domestic violence.”

Deputy High Court Judge Josiah Lam refused to grant her leave for judicial review as the applicant’s complaints were not reasonably arguable.

Judge Lam said the adjudicator found the husband’s death threats were merely verbal and the applicant had never been inflicted with ill-treatment, adding that the two had no contact with each other for a long time.

The judge also noted that the applicant could ask for help from the Philippine government and she could also “relocate” to a place in the Philippines where her husband cannot find her.

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