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  1. News - World - SYRIA

    UN refugee agency says more than two million have fled Syria

    Posted Sep 03rd 2013, 03:00pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Geneva More than two million Syrians have now fled their war-ravaged country, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday, lamenting the nearly 10-fold increase from ... that on September 3, last year, it had registered just 230,671 Syrian refugees. Syria has become the great tragedy of this century Antonio Guterres In addition to the two million Syrians living as refugees ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    A duty to save refugees from tragedy

    Posted Aug 31st 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Saving refugees from tragedy Community fears and prejudices are never far from the surface during election campaigns. Few targets are as vulnerable as asylum seekers and refugees, who are seen as illegal immigrants competing for jobs and social welfare. The current example is Australia, where the government and opposition are vying to be seen as having the most ...

  3. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian opposition pledges refugee savings

    Posted Aug 31st 2013, 03:57pm by Associated Press in Canberra

    ... lawyers and migration agents to advise refugee seekers on lodging asylum claims and appealing rejections of the claims. “There is no provision under the [United Nations] Refugee Convention which ... many refugee claims denied by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) were overturned on appeal. “It’s clear that DIAC assessors make mistakes in their first assessments ...

  4. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    Repatriation row over nine North Korean refugees captured in Laos

    Posted May 31st 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... over 9 refugees Human rights monitors and North Korean defector groups voiced anger and concern yesterday over the forced repatriation to Pyongyang of nine young refugees captured in Laos. The case has aroused strong public feeling in South Korea. Some have accused the South Korean foreign ministry, which has refused to comment, of failing in its duty to protect the refugees once ...

  5. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thailand fines suspected Uygur asylum seekers

    Posted Mar 15th 2014, 06:28pm by AFP

    ... is still unconfirmed, has not said whether they might be forced to return to China, but the kingdom has a history of repatriating illegal immigrants. The Turkish embassy and the UN refugee agency ... it described as Uygurs, and urged Thailand to cooperate with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. "This group of Uygurs should not be a test of Thailand's relationship with China, ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - SOCIAL AFFAIRS

    Calls for more transparency as food costs for Hong Kong's asylum seekers don’t add up

    Posted Feb 19th 2014, 11:20am by Christy Choi

    ... Christy Choi christy.choi@scmp.com Post's research supports claims that food supplied by government contractor is worth much less than its stated value of HK$1,060 Refugee food bill ... to provide it. The investigation, based on complaints from refugees and their union, has prompted calls from non-governmental organisations and human-rights lawyers for an overhaul of the support ...

  7. News - World - SYRIA

    UN says Syrian child refugees tops one million mark

    Posted Aug 23rd 2013, 03:40pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Geneva The number of registered child refugees fleeing Syria’s violence has topped the one million mark in another grim milestone of the deepening conflict, two UN agencies said Friday. Roughly half of all the nearly two million registered refugees from Syria are children, and some 740,000 of those are under the age of 11, according to the UN refugee ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Rwandan student in Hong Kong eyes hopeful future on 20th anniversary of genocide

    Posted Apr 06th 2014, 05:46am by Lana Lam

    ... with him when she escaped the machetes of the Hutu militia, making it to a refugee camp in then Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo). "I was born in the refugee camp in Congo and we ...

  9. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    UN watchdog slams Australia over refugee detentions

    Posted Aug 22nd 2013, 02:56pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Geneva Australia broke global human rights rules by denying a group of refugees from Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Kuwait a chance to challenge their detention, imposed ... of boat-people in centre stage. “Australia’s indefinite detention of 46 recognised refugees on security grounds amounted to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, inflicting serious psychological harm ...

  10. News - World

    Refugees and migrants face rising dangers

    Posted May 23rd 2013, 02:33pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in London Follow @SCMP_News The world is becoming an increasingly dangerous place for refugees and migrants, Amnesty International said on Thursday, as it highlighted ... four million people internally displaced and 1.5 million refugees,” Amnesty’s Secretary General Salil Shetty said. “A quarter of the country has already been pushed out of their land ...




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