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Australia grants a new/extended student visa for a 'hate crime victim'

February 2014, 25
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Australia has granted a new visa to a hate crime victim
Australia has granted a new visa to a hate crime victim of Vietnamese nationality, who was/is a student there in one of the universities in Australia. Duong Minh Tuan, had/has been pursuing his bachelor’s degree in accounting at Melbourne’s Swinburne University. But, unfortunately, he was a ‘hate crime victim’ in Melbourne, Australia, and was attacked in the past, in June, 2012, when he was returning home from a part-time job that he held at a convenience store in Melbourne. 

The Vietnamese hate crime victim, Duong Minh Tuan , was reportedly a victim of an attack which was an assault by three neo-Nazi skinheads who  punched and kicked him about 70 times, stabbed him and smashed a brick over his head so strongly that the brick broke in two. That hate crime it was also reported, shocked all of Australia. The attack was so savage that it left Duong Minh Tuan with severe swelling of his brain, multiple fractures to the skull, multiple fractures to the orbital bone around his eye socket, severe swelling to his face and multiple fractures to his jaw, according to the investigator who was investigating the case. Investigators acted quickly on his case and his assailants were thus arrested and subsequently sentenced to rigorous imprisonment.

Duong Minh Tuan received some medical treatment in Australia and continued to complete his studies for which he had gone to Australia in the first place for some time. But, in between he returned to his home country, Vietnam, on a home visit. But, the Australian visa authorities barred his re-entry when he sought to return to Australia from his home visit on January 8, 2014 stating that his visa had expired on March 15 last year (i.e. 2013).

But, Tuan did have all of the documents which showed and proved that his visa did not expire until March 15 this year (i.e. 2014) And, Tuan was also lucky enough in having a friend in Australia, Adrian De Luca who started a petition campaign on his behalf for him to be returned back to Australia. This petition campaign gathered tremendous momentum and garnered 89,000 signatures and put a great deal of pressure on the immigration authorities to relook into the case. And so, the Australian immigration authorities agreed to grant a new visa to Duong Minh Tuan which is valid from February 21, 2014 to August 30, 2015. And so, finally, Duong Minh Tuan, can thankfully return to Australia and to Melbourne’s Swinburne University to complete his bachelor’s degree in accounting,

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