A Falun Gong practitioner who provided false information to get a visa to enter New Zealand has been granted refugee status following a successful appeal.

The Immigration and Protection Tribunal found the woman, who had been arrested, mistreated, reprimanded and fined for her practice, is a refugee within the meaning of the Refugee Convention.

Although there was no substantial grounds to believe she "would be in danger of being subjected to torture if deported", the tribunal ruled she cannot be deported from NZ because she was recognised as a refugee.

The mother of one, who has name suppression, claimed to

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