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  1. Clause for concern

    Posted Mar 20th 2011, 12:00am by Violet Law

    ... Violet Law There are just under 6,000 refugees in Hong Kong, mostly from Africa and South Asia, waiting to be screened by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Hong Kong ... forbidding refugees to work for pay. But because Hong Kong, unlike the mainland, has so far refused to sign the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, many are marooned here ...

  2. News - Hong Kong

    Four refugees, torture claimant seek ruling on right to work in Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Austin Chiu austin.chiu@scmp.com Four refugees and a torture claimant take their fight for jobs to the Court of Appeal Stranded refugees seek right to work Four refugees and a successful ... have been jobless for between seven and 12 years, are challenging what they say is the unlawful blanket policy of the Immigration Department prohibiting recognised refugees and torture ...

  3. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    South Korean court grants Chinese woman refugee status

    Posted Aug 23rd 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul Seoul court grants woman refugee status A South Korean court has granted refugee status to a woman who fled China after helping escapees from North Korea ... said yesterday. It reversed the justice ministry's decision to deny her refugee status. Lee, who lived near the border, said she had helped some 20 refugees flee North Korea until police ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Environmental refugees on the rise

    Posted Aug 17th 2012, 12:00am by Andrew Lam

    ... environmental ruin The rising tide The modern world has long thought of refugees in strictly political terms, victims in a world riven by competing ideologies. But as climate change continues unabated, ... nations refuse to recognise their status. The 1951 UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees defines a refugee as a person with a genuine fear of being persecuted for membership ...

  5. Police reach out to groups that help refugees

    Posted Aug 19th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chris Ip Groups working with refugees, asylum seekers and torture claimants have for the first time met high-ranking police officers to discuss how to deal with marginalised segments ... ethnic minority populations. They met representatives of non-governmental organisations including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre, ...

  6. Time to sign the UN convention

    Posted Mar 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... safety net for the underprivileged and vulnerable has often been criticised as being too narrow, and the plight of refugees stranded in the city is a clear example. The government has yet to sign the 1951 United Nations convention relating to the status of refugees. But that does not stop foreign nationals in troubled regions from coming to the city to seek a better life. Yet the screening ...

  7. Refugees left with HK$300 a month after subsidy cut

    Posted Feb 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... John Carney john.carney@scmp.com The lives of refugees residing in Hong Kong have been thrown into further turmoil after the UN abruptly slashed the monthly allowance they receive to HK$300- an 80 per cent cut. Despite receiving generous financial support from donors in Hong Kong, the cash-strapped United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees decided last month it could ...

  8. Couple recognised for refugee work

    Posted Jan 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Switzerland, helping executives see how it feels to step into the shoes of a refugee. Four times a day over five days, Australians Malcolm and Sally Begbie will be introducing, among others, the Europe boss of Yahoo, Rich Riley, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee and the CEO of JPMorgan Private Bank, Andrew Cohen, to a simulated 'Refugee Run'. They will try to cross ...

  9. U.N. aid agency defends cuts for refugees in HK

    Posted Mar 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... John Carney john.carney@scmp.com The United Nations refugee body has defended its decision to slash payments to the 180 refugees living in Hong Kong by 80 per cent, saying it had no choice ... government stepping in to make up the shortfall. Refugees told the Post they feared losing their homes because they could not pay rent and had no money left for essentials. However, Choosin ...

  10. Beijing helps neighbours deal with refugee crisis

    Posted Mar 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Mimi Lau in Beijing mimi.lau@scmp.com Beijing is mediating between Myanmar's military government and Kachin rebel forces following an influx of refugees into Yunnan province while ... talks.' The refugee influx began last June when the Myanmese military and Kachin fighters resumed their conflict after a 17-year ceasefire. Media reports last month said up to 10,000 Kachin ...




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