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  1. News - Hong Kong

    Four refugees, torture claimant seek ruling on right to work in Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Austin Chiu austin.chiu@scmp.com Four refugees and a torture claimant take their fight for jobs to the Court of Appeal Stranded refugees seek right to work Four refugees and a successful torture claimant who are demanding they be allowed to work in Hong Kong brought their fight to the Court of Appeal yesterday, after being stranded in the city for years. The five complainants, who ...

  2. Government must screen torture claimants fairly

    Posted Apr 05th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to drag its feet. Torture and refugee claimants do not command the attention of most local residents, who would much prefer they did not trouble our city with their presence. Unsurprisingly, ... the government's screening system for torture claimants has been ruled by the High Court to be unfair and unlawful. In a rare move, the Law Society and the Bar Association have jointly proposed a sensible ...

  3. 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. ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - HUMAN RIGHTS

    Marchers call for fairer treatment of refugees in Hong Kong

    Posted Oct 31st 2012, 12:00am by JOANNA CHIU

    ... Joanna Chiu joanna.chiu@scmp.com Marchers demanding fairer treatment for refugees under UN convention accuse the government of psychological torture Protesters brand city a 'prison without walls' Protesters accused Hong Kong bureaucrats of inflicting "psychological torture" on refugees seeking protection under a UN convention. In a demonstration organised ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. News - Hong Kong

    Refugees at their wits' end without status in Hong Kong

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

    ... where the government systematically tortures and imprisons Protestant Christians. After his father was killed, his mother arranged for her son to flee to Hong Kong. The 1951 United Nations ... treatment of refugees, asylum seekers and torture claimants. Even recognised refugees like Bereket cannot enjoy many of the rights of a refugee in Hong Kong. Instead, they must wait indefinitely ...

  8. HK a 'hard place' for asylum seekers

    Posted Jun 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... with the UNHCR or Immigration Department, which has only accepted one torture claimant since 2008. If accepted as refugees, they must resettle elsewhere, as the city has no legal obligation to grant them residency. Beatson said that while it was true some applicants lied to authorities to buy time in Hong Kong for economic reasons, the system also screened out genuine applicants who faced torture ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Top court says Hong Kong must assess refugee cases independently

    Posted Mar 26th 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... community." Currently, the Immigration Department screens people arriving in Hong Kong who claim to be escaping torture, while the UN High Commissioner for Refugees screens refugee claims. ... on the government to combine vetting procedures for torture and refugee claimants. He said this would speed up the process and prevent economic migrants from buying time in the city by first applying ...

  10. Six asylum seekers restart hunger strike

    Posted Aug 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... Convention Against Torture, and as such cannot be repatriated unless their claims are turned down by the government. An Immigration Department spokeswoman said none of the six hunger strikers was receiving medical attention, but their 'health condition will be closely monitored'. There are 120 asylum seekers and torture claimants at the Castle Peak Bay immigration detention centre. ...




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