A group of lawyers representing refugee applicants began boycotting appeals hearings Wednesday as promised, after the Justice Ministry's Immigration Bureau rejected their requests for greater information disclosure.

The boycott began with the first appellate hearing for a Myanmarese asylum-seeker.

Since June, the lawyers have filed four requests with the ministry for a range of of information on their clients, including statements made by the asylum-seekers in their first examinations, during which attorneys are not allowed to be present.