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  1. Refugee torture claims must be assessed: court

    Posted Jun 09th 2004, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... Ravina Shamdasani Those fleeing abuses have right to reckoning by security chief Refugees who land in Hong Kong claiming they are fleeing torture in another country must have their claims ... a judicial review of the decision. Currently, the Director of Immigration has full discretion in the matter and refers such cases to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Hong Kong ...

  2. Refugee centre for one

    Posted Feb 12th 2004, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... Nick Squires A multi-million-dollar refugee detention centre set up by Australia on an island in Papua New Guinea has housed just one asylum-seeker over the past six months. ... the centre acted as a deterrent to illegal refugees and the snakehead syndicates that tried to smuggle them into Australia. 'We shifted to offshore processing because we think that is what ...

  3. Fugitives and Refugees

    Posted Apr 04th 2004, 12:00am by Diana McPartlin

    ... Compiled by Diana McPartlin Fugitives and Refugees by Chuck Palahniuk Vintage $105 Portland, Oregon, is the weirdest place in the US. In a book that's part autobiography and part alternative travel guide, Chuck Palahniuk introduces the streets, sewers, and haunts of his home town. There's the psycho Safeway, the 24-hour church of Elvis, the Piss-U (Portland State ...

  4. Pets better served than refugees, say lawyers

    Posted Dec 05th 2004, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... Nick Gentle Experts say asylum seekers have almost no protection in HK law Cats and dogs have more protection under Hong Kong law than refugees do. In fact, no legislation exists dealing specifically with asylum seekers- who are lumped in with everyone else under the general provisions of the Immigration Ordinance- a seminar on refugee and migrant issues heard yesterday. 'That ...

  5. Seoul agrees to take in 400 refugees from North

    Posted Jul 24th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Khang Hyun-sung and Reuters in Seoul Welcome for biggest group of asylum seekers yet shows South's softer stance Up to 400 North Korean refugees are due to arrive in the South next ... The refugees' anticipated arrival was confirmed by a South Korean government official. He declined to name the country giving them shelter, saying its government had asked not to be identified. The move ...

  6. Only one in 10 gain refugee status

    Posted Nov 28th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kevin Sinclair Everyone who goes to the Hong Kong refugee agency Christian Action has a story. Most of them are sad. Some are horrifying. Many are heart-rending. But how many can be believed? And even if the tales are true, do they justify classifying individuals as genuine refugees rather than economic migrants or simple adventurers? Under the tough United Nations High ...

  7. Myanmar incomers recognised as refugees

    Posted Nov 11th 2004, 12:00am by Baradan Kuppusamy

    ... of Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi unexpectedly announced this week that all Rohingyas will be granted refugee status in accordance with UN rules. The administration's motives may be other than humanitarian, but the delighted Rohingyas are not questioning it. Rohingyas will be accorded all the legal, social and economic benefits that come with refugee status- no bed of roses but much better ...

  8. Stranded family 'left to live like refugees'

    Posted Dec 29th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Benjamin Wong Pang Chi-kwong and his family have been living like refugees on Phuket since all of their belongings were washed away by the tsunami. 'What I want to do most is go back ... 65-year-old mother-in-law- was injured, life on the island has not been easy since the disaster. 'We're like refugees,' Mr Pang said. 'We're scared and have no idea ...

  9. Refugees were unlawfully detained, judge rules

    Posted Oct 09th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and applied for refugee status with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He overstayed in Hong Kong until September last year, when he was detained. He has been held in Victoria ... in 2002 and he had been detained by the department since May 2002. His application for refugee status had been refused by the UNHCR and a deportation order issued, said Mr Pun. The order ...

  10. South Korea tries to pacify angry North over refugees

    Posted Aug 18th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... at the recent decision by South Korea to accept hundreds of North Korean refugees. Inter-Korean relations have stalled since Seoul airlifted more than 450 North Korean defectors from Vietnam last month, ... that Seoul was prioritising its engagement policy with North Korea over refugees' humanitarian needs. 'What we do on a humanitarian level is up to us. We are a sovereign state. What are we ...




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