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  1. A fair hearing for torture claimants

    Posted Jul 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Nearly 20 years after adopting the United Nations Convention against Torture, Hong Kong still lacks a legal framework for screening asylum seekers who invoke its protection. Meanwhile, ... the assessment of torture claims. The bill should become law next year. It includes a review panel that will hear appeals against refusals by the Immigation Department to recognise asylum seekers' ...

  2. HK asked to unify screenings for torture, asylum

    Posted Nov 29th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Phyllis Tsang The separate mechanisms used to screen torture and refugee claimants in Hong Kong should be combined to prevent abuse of the system and speed up processing of asylum seekers, ... the government admits that torture and refugee claims often overlap- 44 per cent of 6,657 torture claimants since 2005 have also lodged refugee claims- it refuses to handle these claims. This is because ...

  3. Congolese torture claimant takes his fight to High Court

    Posted Feb 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... Polly Hui A refugee from Congo yesterday asked the High Court to quash a government's decision to prosecute him for illegal entry before his torture claim application was concluded. ... said that the principle 'assumed a particular importance in the absence of a complete legal framework' to protect asylum seekers and torture claimants in the city. The Congolese ...

  4. South Asian II arrests triple: many cite torture

    Posted Oct 25th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... were from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, he said, adding they were lodging claims for refugee or Convention Against Torture status to avoid deportation. But a social organisation claims ... claiming protection under the UN's Convention Against Torture, nearly three times the 271 cases in the same period last year. More than 1,300 cases were being processed by the department. ...

  5. Loopholes mean genuine asylum seekers suffer

    Posted Nov 28th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of torture in their home nations. A pilot scheme involving lawyers has now been set up to process applications for recognition under the United Nations' Convention Against Torture (CAT). ... There are still 6,700 outstanding torture claimants in Hong Kong with an average of 170 new claims being received each month, and yet the current system was only able to complete 122 applications in 10 ...

  6. Appeal judge backs asylum seekers taken to court for working

    Posted Jun 01st 2010, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man The Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that asylum seekers and torture claimants should have immunity from being prosecuted for illegally remaining in Hong Kong until ... pending the outcome of their asylum and torture claim applications. They had all been charged with remaining without the authority of the Director of Immigration for allegedly working here. ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - HUMAN RIGHTS

    Human rights activists in refugees' 'March for Protection', urging reform

    Posted Oct 28th 2012, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... the practice of sending foreigners back to their countries, where possible torture awaits. "There are serious systemic flaws in the decision-making process that need to be remedied," human ... they will hand petitions to the Legco president and immigration director. In 1992, the Hong Kong government signed the UN Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment ...

  8. Asylum seekers stuck in slow lane

    Posted Sep 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... regime, the government is finally pushing ahead with a law seeking to back up the safeguards under a so-called enhanced mechanism for torture claimants adopted since late 2009. But the outlook remains gloomy, with only 1,200 torture claims handled in the following 18 months. Of these, decisions were made on only some 500. Hopefully, the blueprint tabled to Legco in July can be enacted ...

  9. Influx of asylum seekers prompts tighter visa rules

    Posted Jul 14th 2006, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... tightened the visa policy after finding claimants were abusing the refugee or torture claimant application procedures. Last month, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) received 200 ... official said yesterday. There are 1,500 asylum seekers and 300 torture claimants in Hong Kong, and about 110 have been granted refugee status. The immigration source said the surge was believed ...

  10. Twin track on refugees leads many into limbo

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

    ... Convention were to be extended.' More than 7,000 asylum seekers and torture claimants are in Hong Kong, estimates Lisa Lee of NGO Christian Action. They often come from countries such as Sri ... forced by the Court of Final Appeal in 2004 to do so, the government has processed claims under the UN Convention Against Torture. Successful applicants must show they are fleeing torture ...




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