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  1. Seeking a safe haven in our city

    Posted Feb 25th 2011, 12:00am by Adrian Lo

    ... in captivity she finally managed to escape and sneaked out of the country. She then became a refugee in a foreign land. Around the world there are around 32.9 million refugees like Syaheeda. ... Syaheeda finally arrived in Hong Kong to seek asylum here. Like other refugees, she was attracted by the city's reputation as a welcoming multicultural environment. According to the United ...

  2. UN accused of depriving refugees of their rights

    Posted Jul 10th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... fairly assessed because of maladministration at the UN office in charge of refugees, it was claimed yesterday. A human rights group criticised the local office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for breaching its own guidelines on handling asylum cases. The Society for Community Organisation also called on the government to formulate an asylum policy. The calls came after ...

  3. Actor an ambassador of hope for refugees

    Posted Jun 18th 2006, 12:00am by Raymond Ma

    ... Raymond Ma Actor Michael Wong Man-tak says he became a UN refugee ambassador 'because he just wants to do something nice'. 'In Hong Kong, we have got good law enforcement ... he said. Following World Refugee Day on Tuesday, Wong, 41, newly named events patron for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, will visit Ocean Park on Saturday with refugee ...

  4. $1b UN refugee debt row drags on

    Posted Mar 26th 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... Ravina Shamdasani The government should write off the $1.16 billion the UN refugee agency owes it and view it as a 'positive contribution' to a humanitarian crisis, ... or risk infringing its international obligations. Ms Sokhan, who was in Sudan before moving to Hong Kong last year to head the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office, said she was amazed ...

  5. More compassion for the Acehnese refugees

    Posted Feb 01st 2005, 12:00am by Baradan Kuppusamy

    ... workers. However refugees and migrants from Aceh, estimated at about 40,000, are temporarily spared. 'It is unofficial policy to give them a breather because they were so badly hit compared ...

  6. Hong Kong asylum promise gave Vietnamese a safe harbour from communist persecution

    Posted Mar 13th 2011, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... process to separate political refugees from economic refugees, who were eventually sent home. Some refugees were stuck in Hong Kong after being refused asylum elsewhere due to criminal records, drug habits or because their identities could not be proved. In June 2000, Hong Kong's last refugee camp, at Pillar Point, closed. The government gave the remaining Vietnamese refugees ...

  7. Who should pay?

    Posted Mar 16th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The United Nations' refugee agency, the UNHCR, will stop funding asylum-seekers in Hong Kong from May, because of worldwide cuts in funding. Is it up to Hong Kong to pay the bill? Share your views. Write to us. ...

  8. UN body to cease aid for asylum seekers

    Posted Mar 15th 2006, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... Norma Connolly and Robin Kwong Reeling from lack of funds, UNHCR urges HK to take over the task The UN's refugee agency will cease funding asylum seekers in Hong Kong from May. Monique Sokhan, head of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Hong Kong, said yesterday that worldwide cuts had forced the agency to discontinue all financial support for asylum ...

  9. HK must do more to protect the vulnerable

    Posted Feb 19th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in international eyes where the world's most vulnerable people are concerned. These are refugees and asylum seekers, people fleeing from the countries in which they were born or live for a host ... was damagingly amplified by a High Court judicial review yesterday rejecting a call by six people for the government to set up its own system for assessing refugee claims. The ruling, on the grounds ...

  10. Asylum seekers should be treated with compassion

    Posted Mar 17th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Asylum seekers in Hong Kong live a precarious existence in a legal limbo while their bid for refugee status is determined, which can take years. It seemed their plight could hardly get any worse. But this will happen from May when the United Nations refugee agency cuts funding for the most vulnerable of about 1,300 asylum seekers in Hong Kong. As a result, 80 people including ...




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