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  1. Bill tabled to assess asylum-seekers' torture claims

    Posted Jul 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Martin Wong martin.wong@scmp.com The government has finally tabled a proposed law to assess asylum-seekers' claims of torture, but is reluctant to include other types of refugee-seekers in the procedure. Hong Kong has long been criticised for its lack of a coherent law regulating refugees and torture claimants. After years of foot-dragging, the administration presented ...

  2. 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' ...

  3. Screening policy review to stop abuse by torture claimants

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

    ... Joshua But The screening mechanism for torture claimants will be reviewed to speed up the assessment process in light of the number of system abusers, an immigration official has said. Assistant director for enforcement and litigation Eric Chan Kwok-ki said that in the past four years not one of the claims of 250 claimants alleging they had been tortured had been substantiated. He ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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. ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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. ...

  9. New law denies asylum seekers work

    Posted Nov 19th 2009, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... by the International Social Service- was not enough to support them. They said they had to work as well. Many said they had been in the city for years after lodging claims involving torture ... of torture are handled by the Immigration Department, while general applications for amnesty are handled by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. Amnesty seekers complain of long waits ...

  10. Four asylum seekers claim unlawful detention

    Posted Apr 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... Norma Connolly Four asylum seekers are challenging the government's right to detain torture claimants for prolonged periods. The Immigration Department had detained two men from Sri ... granted anonymity by the court. The outcome of the case, being heard by Mr Justice Michael Hartmann at the Court of First Instance, could affect 130 detained torture claimants. Mr Dykes said ...




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