HUMAN rights campaigners are pleading with the Immigration Director to allow a destitute and seriously ill 30-year-old Kazakhstan man stay in Hong Kong. Musa Anuar, who is barred from his own country, was arrested as an illegal immigrant at the end of 1993 and given a 10-month prison sentence. He was released on his own recognisance in November, but is not allowed to work. He has been forced to live rough, sleeping near the Star Ferry in Central and rummaging through hotel dustbins for food. Mr Anuar also has a serious liver infection and is due to be admitted today to Caritas Medical Centre in Lai Chi Kok for treatment. Leading the campaign is the Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor, set up by a group of immigration lawyers after the International Commission of Jurists recommended the establishment of an independent human rights body in the territory. The group, which includes independent legislator Christine Loh Kung-wai and Hong Kong University law lecturer Andrew Byrnes, has asked Immigration Director Laurence Leung Ming-yin to step in and grant permission for Mr Anuar to stay in the territory permanently. In a letter, they say attempts by Immigration Department officials to send Mr Anuar back to Kazakhstan have proved fruitless. 'There is in fact no prospect of his removal to Kazakhstan or indeed any other country,' rights group chairman Paul Harris said. 'He fears he may have become a stateless person and is stranded in Hong Kong indefinitely. 'Musa Anuar cannot work in Hong Kong. He is in fact destitute and depends for his food and accommodation on the kindness of strangers.' The group wants Mr Leung to explain the department's plans to remove Mr Anuar. They also want to know whether officials have considered giving Mr Anuar permission to stay and whether there has been a decision to continue to seek his removal. From what the group has been able to establish - Mr Anuar speaks little English and no Cantonese - there are no records in Kazakhstan to verify his story. 'He hasn't got identification. He doesn't have any living relatives and he can't remember any details,' Mr Harris said. The only specific information Mr Anuar has been able to give is that he was born in Almaty City, Karakande Oblese, on May 5, 1965. He arrived in Hong Kong around October 1993 but was quickly arrested and put in prison. Mr Anuar is the first case the Human Rights Monitor has dealt with since it was set up two months ago. The group's attempts to talk to Mr Anuar over the weekend proved fruitless. 'He has an English friend, but we haven't been able to contact him,' Mr Harris said. 'We suspect Mr Anuar fell ill and went into hospital early.'