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  1. Asylum seekers abused in HK, group alleges

    Posted May 07th 2007, 12:00am by Sherry Lee

    ... Sherry Lee Asylum seekers face physical and psychological abuse in Hong Kong detention centres as part of government tactics to force them out of the city, a concern group says. The Society for Community Organisation, after interviewing former inmates from immigration holding centres, said people fleeing political persecution overseas faced 'torture' in detention ...

  2. Mandatory labelling may hit organic products

    Posted Sep 27th 2007, 12:00am by Audrey Parwani, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez and Audrey Parwani A mandatory food-labelling plan to include more nutritional information could force organic and ethnic foods off the shelves, industry sources fear. ... by stakeholders' before submitting the amendment regulation to the Legislative Council early next year. But industry and diplomatic sources said the mandatory labelling system would mean products from ...

  3. Four asylum seekers claim unlawful detention

    Posted Apr 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... not enforce it in any country through which the asylum seekers would have to make connecting flights. Their detentions were reliant on their removal orders, the court heard. The Sri Lankans had been ... powers to the specific circumstances of asylum seekers in order to ensure their detention is not unduly prolonged,' he said. 'How can [the Director of Immigration] on one hand say, ...

  4. Australia-US refugee swap under attack

    Posted Apr 20th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... detention camp on the impoverished Pacific island nation of Nauru could be resettled in the US if they qualify as genuine refugees. Australia, in turn, would resettle up to 200 Cubans and Haitians ... Associated Press in Canberra The United States and Australia are trying to avoid their international legal responsibilities through a deal to exchange hundreds of refugees held at offshore ...

  5. Next stop W Australia for cane toads after pests breach Darwin's defences

    Posted Mar 13th 2007, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... I caught three on my first outing,' she said, probing the darkness for Australia's most reviled alien invader- the cane toad. Seventy years after being introduced from Hawaii ... In addition to the weekly toad musters, Darwin locals round up toads in their gardens and kill them. The squeamish can place their catch in one of four recently installed toad 'detention ...

  6. Asylum seekers on 3-day hunger strike

    Posted Oct 17th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Kang-chung Twenty-nine asylum seekers in a Tuen Mun immigration detention centre staged a three-day hunger strike this month to demand their release, sparking renewed calls ... their prolonged detention. They demanded to be released on bail rather than remain in detention for immigration violations. Similar hunger strikes have taken place before at the facility before. ...

  7. Language teacher 'owed HK$20,000'

    Posted Jan 13th 2007, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... in unpaid wages by a tutorial centre with a history of wages and Mandatory Provident Fund violations. Jenny Lynd, who spent eight years as a native English-speaking teacher in local schools, said she was employed by Park Language Group for four weeks between late July and late August last year. 'I was looking for some summer work before returning to Australia,' Ms Lynd said. ...

  8. Mainland tourists getting fleeced on trips Down Under

    Posted Jun 28th 2007, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... Nick Squires Sydney You see them almost every day at Bondi Beach, dressed in shiny shoes and neat trousers, gingerly stepping out of buses and on to the sands of Australia's most famous strand. As mainland tourists become increasingly visible in Australia, and with their numbers expected to swell, the sport of ripping them off has spread as well. Just as the tales ...

  9. Unlucky country for some

    Posted Nov 25th 2007, 12:00am by Billy Adams

    ... into foster care before trying unsuccessfully to deport him- effectively as an orphan- back to Seoul. Behind the razor wire of an Outback detention centre, Mr Tran was attacked and stabbed by another ... that will allow the father and son to finally call Australia home. 'They remain in complete limbo,' says refugee advocate David Manne. 'Tony remains at risk of even being removed from ...

  10. Review of Aborigine's death threatens to aggravate running sore

    Posted Jan 14th 2007, 12:00am by Billy Adams

    ... Commission inquiry into black deaths in custody, once-optimistic observers could be forgiven for concluding that little had changed. If the plight of Australia's indigenous people continues ... 2 per cent of Australia's population, accounted for 15 per cent of its inmates. Although the commission recommended that arrest and imprisonment should be a last resort, that rate has since ...




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