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  1. News - Asia - REFUGEES

    Australia denies refugee policy failure

    Posted Nov 22nd 2012, 02:34pm

    ... announced on Wednesday that some asylum-seekers would be released into the community on severely restricted visas that would still apply even if they gained refugee status. The temporary visas deny ... of Social Service condemned temporary visas as a “new low” in the treatment of refugees and described it as a “a clear abdication of our moral, humanitarian and international legal obligations”. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1088234/australia-denies-refugee-policy-failure
  2. Comment - Letters

    Do not misrepresent refugees

    Posted Jun 10th 2013, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... a refugee is inconceivable to most of us. Asylum seekers and refugees have overcome great hardship and suffering and are brave, courageous survivors of some of the most egregious forms of human rights violations. It would be good to see this aspect of asylum seekers' and refugees' lives portrayed more. Victoria Wisniewski Otero, Tai Hang ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1257372/do-not-misrepresent-refugees
  3. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    More refugees get medical bills waived

    Posted Jun 13th 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... More refugees get bills waived The number of torture claimants and asylum seekers granted waivers of non-emergency medical fees by the Hospital Authority has soared threefold in the past four ... for handling the Vietnamese refugees... And now, these claimants are taking advantage of us," he said. The United Nations Refugee Agency has yet to reimburse the HK$1.162 billion that the Hong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1259374/more-refugees-get-medical-bills-waived
  4. News - Hong Kong - REFUGEES

    Bangladeshi refugees' 'unliveable conditions' appals activists

    Posted May 19th 2013, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... treated like animals," said Ali, 23. "We have [done] nothing wrong, so why should we be treated this way?" The compound is one of several housing more than 150 South Asian refugees ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1240911/refugees-shabby-compound-appals-activists
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Fairer refugee processing would benefit Hong Kong

    Posted Jan 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Kerry Kennedy

    ... Kerry Kennedy Kerry Kennedy says a fairer, more effective way of processing refugee and torture claims is only a step away, if the government is willing to act One-track mind Whether it is stories of refugee children unable to attend school, families unable to pay rent, complaints about the slow processing of asylum-seeker status or the seemingly inadequate government support ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1118420/fairer-refugee-processing-would-benefit-hong-kong
  6. News - Asia - MALAYSIA

    Malaysia rescues 136 Myanmar refugees

    Posted Mar 11th 2013, 03:25pm by AFP

    ... with no food or water, an official said on Monday. The rescue brings the number of boats intercepted this year to 11, marking a “big increase” in refugee arrivals, said Tan Kok Kwee of the Malaysian ... accelerated an already steady flow of refugees, typically Rohingya who increasingly have sought haven in Muslim-majority Malaysia. The Rohingya have been described by the UN as one of the world’s most ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1188323/malaysia-rescues-136-myanmar-refugees
  7. News - Hong Kong

    Refugees at their wits' end without status in Hong Kong

    Posted Dec 02nd 2012, 12:00am by JOANNA CHIU

    ... Joanna Chiu joanna.chiu@scmp.com Hong Kong' refusal to accede to the UN Refugee Convention is forcing asylum seekers into an existence of suffering and despair, critics say Riches all ... damage and assault. When he arrived alone in Hong Kong four years ago, he registered as an asylum seeker with the local office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees but could not get ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1095161/refugees-their-wits-end-without-status-hong-kong
  8. News - Hong Kong - OPERATION SANTA CLAUS

    Gourmet food for refugees and asylum seekers

    Posted Jan 10th 2013, 12:00am by LO WEI

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com Charity, hotels and volunteers organise meals and counselling services for forgotten ones Gourmet food for refugees and asylum seekers Life for refugees and asylum ... The hotel is one of the donors to the holiday appeal jointly organised by the South China Morning Post and RTHK. Christian Action's refugee programme has been helping people like Sifa, 21, who ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1124075/gourmet-food-refugees-and-asylum-seekers
  9. News - Hong Kong - ASYLUM

    New UNHCR head urges Hong Kong to protect refugees and asylum seekers

    Posted Dec 02nd 2012, 12:00am by JOANNA CHIU

    ... Joanna Chiu Joanna.chiu@scmp.com Commissioner calls on city to do more, but authorities balk at possible risk of system abuse New UNHCR head urges HK to protect refugees The new head of the UNHCR in Hong Kong has made an unusually forceful call for the government to take responsibility for protecting refugees in the city. "There is no doubt that Hong Kong has the capacity ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1095267/new-unhcr-head-urges-hong-kong-protect-refugees-and-asylum-seekers
  10. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia urges Malaysia boatpeople swap after tragedy

    Posted Mar 26th 2013, 03:33pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Tuesday renewed calls for a refugee swap with Malaysia to deter boatpeople after two asylum-seekers drowned in the latest tragedy at sea. Canberra clinched a deal with Malaysia in 2011 to transfer 800 boatpeople to the Southeast Asian country to deter refugees from making the risky journey by removing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1200201/australia-urges-malaysia-boatpeople-swap-after-tragedy

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