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  1. News - World - SYRIA

    More than 100,000 Syrians flee in August

    Posted Sep 04th 2012, 08:39pm by Agence France-Presse in Geneva

    ... Agence France-Presse in Geneva The number of Syrian refugees rose sharply last month, with more than 100,000 fleeing the war-torn country to seek refuge in neighbouring countries, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday. It was the highest monthly figure since the conflict erupted in March last year, UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming told reporters. “This is a significant escalation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1029557/more-100000-syrians-flee-august
  2. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian high court blocks return of 153 refugees to Sri Lanka

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 10:49pm by AFP

    ... in a victory for critics of Canberra's border policies. A late-night interim injunction on Monday temporarily halted the transfer of the would-be refugees from the boat, which until now Australia ... The UN's refugee agency, UNHCR, said it was "deeply concerned" by the developments, although it did not have enough information about how the Sri Lankans were screened to determine ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1549946/australian-high-court-blocks-return-153-refugees-sri-lanka
  3. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    UNHCR 'concern' over Australia's handling of Sri Lankan refugees

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 09:44pm by AFP

    ... concern' on fate of refugees The UN has expressed "profound concern" over reports Australia is screening Sri Lankan asylum seekers at sea and sending them back. Prime Minister Tony Abbott ... in Australian waters. Under its policy of not commenting on "operational matters", Canberra has refused to confirm the boats exist, sparking criticism from the UN refugee agency UNHCR. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1546699/unhcr-concern-over-australias-handling-sri-lankan-refugees
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Rich Hong Kong can't turn its back on the few refugees on its shores

    Posted Jun 20th 2014, 02:50am by AIDEEN MCLAUGHLIN

    ... Aideen McLaughlin Aideen McLaughlin says our city of means can easily do more for the destitute and often abused refugees who have found their way to Hong Kong, wishing only to survive ... and I was forced to flee under armed guard, herded with 80 others to a refugee camp across the border. Apart from my ID card, jewellery and headscarf, I had no belongings, no money and no choice. Along ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1536328/rich-hong-kong-cant-turn-its-back-few-refugees-its-shores
  5. News - Asia - BANGLADESH

    Clashes, arson attacks amid festivities at Dhaka refugee camp kill nine

    Posted Jun 15th 2014, 06:01am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Dhaka Nine die in clashes, arson attack at Dhaka camp Clashes and arson attacks at a refugee camp in Dhaka killed at least nine people during festival celebrations ... of eight people [in the camp]. All are Biharis," fire service director Mahabubur Rahman said. Half a million Muslims of Indian origin have lived in refugee camps in Bangladesh since the 1971 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1532907/clashes-arson-attacks-amid-festivities-dhaka-refugee-camp-kill-nine
  6. News - Hong Kong - HISTORY

    At police history exhibition, former superintendent recalls boatpeople refugee centre

    Posted Jun 01st 2014, 04:48am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... For retired police superintendent Raymond Mak Kwai-sing, the order to take down the Vietnamese refugee centre on Man Yee Road, Sai Kung- a place he had helped build- was a defining moment in his ... between the people and the police to create better understanding, he added. Of the Man Yee Vietnamese refugee camp, Mak said: "I saw it go from a flat piece of cleared land to having 7,000 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1522886/police-history-exhibition-former-superintendent-recalls-boatpeople
  7. News - Hong Kong - REFUGEES

    Refugee-screening system slammed as a confusing 'shambles'

    Posted May 21st 2014, 04:50am by JOANNA CHIU

    ... Joanna Chiu joanna.chiu@scmp.com Protection seeker system 'a shambles' The roll-out of a new system to screen refugees is mired in confusion and a lack of transparency, says ... Refugee Advice Centre. "No one knows how the new system  works and we're so afraid about our futures,"  asylum seeker Ansaari, from Somalia, said. "My first priority ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1516770/refugee-screening-system-slammed-confusing-shambles
  8. 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
  9. News - Hong Kong - HUMAN RIGHTS

    We want to work, say asylum seekers

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

    ... as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced that there were now more than 51 million people worldwide who had been displaced from their homes- the highest number since the second 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. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar Rohingya refugee boat capsizes, with 62 missing

    Posted Nov 03rd 2013, 06:01pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Yangon Rohingya refugee boat capsizes, with 62 missing A boat carrying 70 ethnic minority Muslim Rohingya capsized on Sunday off the western coast of Myanmar, an aid ... The exodus usually kicks off in November, when seas begin to calm. As many as 1,500 people have fled in the last week, Dan McNorton, a spokesman for the UN High commission for Refugees, said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1346646/boat-carrying-70-muslim-rohingya-sinks-myanmar

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