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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. HK a 'hard place' for asylum seekers

    Posted Jun 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Simpson Cheung simpson.cheung@scmp.com The recognition rate of asylum seekers in Hong Kong is unacceptably low compared to Western countries, a local aid group said ahead of World Refugee Day today. The local office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said it recognised about 10 per cent of asylum seekers as refugees last year, without giving an exact figure. ...

  4. Screening policy review to stop abuse by torture claimants

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

    ... about the Convention Against Torture, and initially sought help from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. By the time they realised they could make a claim in relation to torture, most had ...

  5. 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. ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. HK must sign UN convention now

    Posted May 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... This has not been done. Hong Kong has still not signed the UN convention on refugees, contending that doing so would make our city vulnerable to abuses. That leaves the 6,740 people seeking asylum ... Their only means of survival are a HK$1,000 rent allowance from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the goodwill of charitable groups and friends. That leaves most living in pitiful conditions ...

  8. Refugees are our responsibility, too

    Posted Mar 31st 2006, 12:00am by Kelley Loper

    ... Kelley Loper Hong Kong is a society built by refugees, most arriving from mainland China during periods of political and social unrest. Throughout its history, this city has generally ... millions of people from the mainland, and coped with more than 200,000 asylum seekers from Vietnam. But inadequacies in the government's current approach towards refugees have been highlighted ...

  9. Refugee families to resettle in Ireland

    Posted Feb 19th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter A group of Rohingya families from Myanmar will arrive in Ireland next month under a United Nations resettlement scheme, The Irish Times reported. The 78 refugees- 28 adults ... centre in County Mayo to prepare them for the culture shock of permanent resettlement, the newspaper reported this week. 'The refugees selected for resettlement left Burma in 1992 at a very ...

  10. HK should abide by convention on refugees' claims, court told

    Posted Dec 15th 2007, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... Nick Gentle Hong Kong could not shirk its responsibility to fairly assess people's refugee claims just because other Asian countries chose not to abide by a UN convention on the matter, the Court of First Instance has heard. Philip Dykes SC, representing six people seeking refugee status, said the government's refusal to set up its own mechanism for assessing refugee ...




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