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  1. Refugee status fight will go to top court

    Posted Dec 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Austin Chiu austin.chiu@scmp.com Three Africans claiming refugee status won permission to mount a challenge in the top court yesterday. They will fight a ruling that the government ... of Appeal last year, that the government has no obligation to screen claims for refugee status and can instead pass them to an international institution. The claimants were among six seeking refugee ...

  2. Denial of legal aid to convicted refugee unreasonable, judges say

    Posted Jul 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Patsy Moy patsy.moy@scmp.com The Legal Aid Department was being unreasonable when it refused support for a refugee to appeal against his conviction for a sexual offence, the Court of First Instance said in a judicial review ruling yesterday. The refugee, identified only as Z, who is waiting to be resettled in another country, launched the review in October last year. The previous ...

  3. Refugee claims police abuse in anti-triad raid

    Posted Oct 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... John Carney john.carney@scmp.com A West African asylum seeker claims he was physically and verbally abused by police after being caught up in an anti-triad swoop while out jogging last month. Aliou Diallo, from Guinea, was one of 57 people arrested 10 day ...

  4. Charges against refugees within policy, court told

    Posted Apr 28th 2010, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man The government yesterday said it had acted within the law when it charged dozens of refugees and torture claimants who had allegedly been working while remaining illegally ... within its prosecution policy towards refugees and torture when it charged them. However yesterday, Peter Duncan SC, for the Secretary of Justice, challenged that ruling in the Court of Appeal. ...

  5. Refugee rights

    Posted May 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... It has been claimed, in the Court of First Instance, that the appraisal system for asylum seekers is unfair and slow. Is enough being done, in our legal system, to ensure these people get a fair hearing? Write to us. ...

  6. Work with UN refugee body, lawmakers urge

    Posted Aug 01st 2006, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... Norma Connolly Security panel members have passed a motion urging the government to co-operate with the United Nations' refugee body to speed up the screening of asylum seekers. ... as soon as they arrived in the city. Mr Dykes was part of a deputation, including representatives of Amnesty International and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, that briefed ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Waiting game

    Posted Feb 20th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A High Court judge has ruled that the government has no obligation to screen asylum seekers to Hong Kong. Do we need a better mechanism to deal with the 2,000 people seeking refugee status here? Write to us. ...

  9. Government must screen torture claimants fairly

    Posted Apr 05th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to drag its feet. Torture and refugee claimants do not command the attention of most local residents, who would much prefer they did not trouble our city with their presence. Unsurprisingly, ... way out. Instead of having the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Hong Kong screen for asylum seekers while the Immigration Department examines torture claimants, the two legal ...

  10. End legal limbo?

    Posted Sep 21st 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Should Hong Kong clarify the status of asylum seekers and treat applicants fairly, following the arrest of a pregnant Sri Lankan in a public hospital ward even though she had UN refugee papers? Share your views: write to us ...




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