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  1. 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 ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Risks of Muslim pressure over Rohingya

    Posted Aug 14th 2012, 12:00am by Hari Kumar

    ... is their inability to persuade Bangladesh, a fellow Muslim country, to adopt a more humanitarian approach to the fleeing Rohingya refugees. Bangladesh has turned away boats carrying hundreds of Rohingya ... might act as a magnate and draw more refugees. About 30,000 Rohingya are registered refugees living in two Bangladeshi camps run by the UN. But Dhaka says their actual number is 10 times ...

  3. Refugees' plight brings home the need for peace

    Posted Jun 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Imelda Linatok Abarquez Take the final 'e' away from 'refugee' and a 'refuge' is made. Perhaps it is creating this refuge that is the goal of humanitarian work- to provide care, to reduce risks, to protect people's basic rights. Today is World Refugee Day, a reminder that 10.3 million people have been forced to leave their home and country. ...

  4. Twin track on refugees leads many into limbo

    Posted Jun 20th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chris Ip Hong Kong still lags behind most countries when it comes to refugee rights. Unlike three quarters of the countries in the UN- including China- the city does not have the UN Refugee Convention extended to it. The central government adopted the convention 28 years ago, and Macau adopted it in 2004, joining 144 of the 192 countries in the UN. It is the key legal ...

  5. Rights groups applaud ruling on refugees

    Posted Jul 19th 2008, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... on the undocumented findings of the Hong Kong office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Confronting the racist demons

    Posted Jul 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... opened its doors wide to migrants and refugees. Islam has quickly become the second-biggest religion. Not everyone likes the change and casual racism is now rife, just as elsewhere ...

  9. Time to do the right thing by torture claimants

    Posted Dec 07th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... When it comes to refugee claims, it seems clear the priority of the government is to make it as difficult for them to succeed as possible. But since a Court of Final Appeal judgment in 2004, officials can no longer leave all applicants to be processed by the cash-strapped United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Hong Kong. Those who claim they face torture if returned ...

  10. Illegal immigrants can be jailed for working

    Posted Nov 12th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... people to their home countries if there is a risk they will be subjected to torture. However, people claiming to be refugees are not dealt with by the government, but by the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Lee said the government would speed up the application process for asylum seekers. ...




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