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  1. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Sri Lankan asylum seeker group to be taken to the Australian mainland

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 03:36pm by Associated Press in Sydney

    ... Associated Press in Sydney Foreign Minister Scott Morrison announced on Friday a group of Sri Lankan asylum seekers would be brought to Australia so that their nationality could be determined A group of Sri Lankan asylum seekers that has been languishing on board an Australian customs vessel for weeks will temporarily be brought to Australia’s mainland and may be sent to India, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1558985/sri-lankan-asylum-seeker-group-be-taken-australian-mainland
  2. News - World - RUSSIA

    Edward Snowden applies to extend Russia stay as asylum status nears expiry

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 09:56pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Moscow Fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has formally requested to stay in Russia past July 31, when his one-year asylum status expires, his lawyer ... in Russia is still a mystery and only a series of reported sightings seem to indicate that he remains somewhere in or around Moscow. He had applied for asylum in other countries and admitted that he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1550581/edward-snowden-applies-extend-russia-stay-says-lawyer
  3. News - World - MIGRATION

    Abbott defiant over report that asylum seeker mothers attempted suicide

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 09:35pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australian PM defiant after report that mothers in asylum seeker camp tried to commit suicide so their babies could be settled in the country Abbott attacks 'moral blackmail' Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said yesterday he would not give in to "moral blackmail" after a dozen mothers in an asylum seeker camp reportedly attempted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1550545/abbott-defiant-over-report-asylum-seeker-mothers-attempted-suicide
  4. News - Asia - SRI LANKA

    Sri Lankan police to deal with asylum seekers sent back by Australia

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:41pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Sydney Asylum seekers turned back by Australia will be handed over to police in Sri Lanka, leading to protests at treatment and fears of rights abuses A boatload of asylum ... in Sri Lanka. Australian border patrol officers intercepted the vessel carrying the Sri Lankan asylum seekers west of the remote Cocos Islands last week after they were suspected of entering ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1548799/sri-lanka-asylum-seekers-returned-australia-face-rigorous-imprisonment
  5. News - Hong Kong - RIGHTS

    Torture victims seeking asylum in Hong Kong for nine years to settle in Canada

    Posted Jul 06th 2014, 05:02am by Christy Choi

    ... Christy Choi christy.choi@scmp.com Africans who sought asylum in Hong Kong for nine years in vain are accepted by Ottawa within a year of lodging refugee applications Stymied torture pair head to Canada Two torture victims from Africa who have been seeking asylum in Hong Kong for the past nine years have been granted refugee status in Canada within a year of applying. The plight ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1547630/african-torture-victims-stymied-hong-kong-accepted-canada-refugees
  6. News - World - ASYLUM SEEKERS

    Detained Sri Lankan refugees arrive in Australia amid legal challenge

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 09:51pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Sydney Sri Lankan refugees arrive in Australia A group of 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers has arrived at a detention camp in Australia, government officials said yesterday. The asylum seekers had been held at sea by authorities for almost a month, sparking a legal challenge. Their interception and detention has spotlighted Australia's controversial policies to turn ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1561302/detained-sri-lankan-refugees-arrive-australia-amid-legal-challenge
  7. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia offering asylum seekers up to A$10,000 to return to home country

    Posted Jun 22nd 2014, 04:57am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Asylum seekers offered cash to return home Australia is offering asylum seekers in its Pacific immigration camps up to A$10,000 (HK$73,000) ... they return." The Labor opposition's spokesman Richard Marles said the government should be ensuring that asylum seekers' claims were being properly processed, not issuing "blank ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1538008/australia-offering-asylum-seekers-a10000-return-home-country
  8. News - Hong Kong - HUMAN RIGHTS

    New housing help for asylum seekers under fire in Legislative Council

    Posted Jan 13th 2014, 01:43pm

    ... effect” that might draw more asylum seekers to the city’s shores. The revised package came under criticism by pan-democrats on the Legislative Council’s welfare services panel on Monday. “What ... that the revised allowance of HK$1,500 should cover 100 per cent of the rent for 87 per cent of asylum seekers pay, up from 73 per cent. The humanitarian package, proposed by the department ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1404547/new-housing-help-asylum-seekers-under-fire-legislative-council
  9. News - Hong Kong - HUMAN RIGHTS

    We want to work, say asylum seekers

    Posted Jun 21st 2014, 03:10am by Christy Choi

    ... to work, say asylum seekers Asylum seekers rallied at the Star Ferry pier in Central yesterday, protesting over their poor living conditions and asking for the right to work. The protest came ... world war. Some 200 asylum seekers beat drums, danced and chanted, as they gathered for about 1-1/2 hours at the pier before marching to the Legislative Council offices on World Refugee Day. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1537181/we-want-work-say-asylum-seekers
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Asylum seekers in Hong Kong deserve our respect at the very least

    Posted Jun 19th 2014, 12:20pm by TONY READ

    ... Tony Read Tony Read says people in Hong Kong need to shun prejudice and rekindle their generosity of spirit towards vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees Respect due Whenever an article appears in the media about the plight of asylum seekers and asks for better treatment, you can expect an outpouring of scorn, racial discrimination and downright abuse from the public. When ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1536070/asylum-seekers-hong-kong-deserve-our-respect-very-least

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