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  1. HK only a waiting room for 1,000 claiming political asylum

    Posted Nov 28th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... have been living precariously in Hong Kong for years, their only safeguard a document issued by the UNHCR stating they have applied for refugee status. Despite this legal document, at least 30 ... not have any obligation to admit or support people seeking refugee status. 'Claims for refugee status... are dealt with by the UNHCR office here,' he said. 'Our Immigration ...

  2. Only one in 10 gain refugee status

    Posted Nov 28th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) rules, only one in 10 people pass the criteria. One who did so is 26-year-old Tony, a Congolese. He will soon leave for Quebec. Then he hopes to be able to send ... has 'just stopped'. He applied to the UNHCR for asylum status. His voyage through the system was swift; Tony carries a document which identifies him as being a genuine refugee ...

  3. Asylum seekers deserve a fair hearing

    Posted Nov 28th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for processing their claims and leaves them in the hands of the cash-strapped United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). This policy raises serious questions about whether the rights ... of the UNHCR, the current arrangements are inadequate. The claims are considered in accordance with the UNHCR's internal procedures. No reasons are given for the outcome, no legal aid is available, ...

  4. Refugees were unlawfully detained, judge rules

    Posted Oct 09th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and applied for refugee status with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He overstayed in Hong Kong until September last year, when he was detained. He has been held in Victoria ... in 2002 and he had been detained by the department since May 2002. His application for refugee status had been refused by the UNHCR and a deportation order issued, said Mr Pun. The order ...

  5. Staged suicide has press in dock

    Posted Jan 30th 2004, 12:00am by Baradan Kuppusamy

    ... with the UNHCR for rejecting his application for asylum to a third country in Europe and against two Malaysians who cheated him out of M$300,000 (HK$600,000). The New Straits Times said it did not use ... investigating 'all aspects' of the suicide. 'Everyone has a duty to save lives... even press photographers,' he said. UNHCR protection officer Shinji Kubo confirmed they had rejected ...

  6. Asylum seeker on the run from family

    Posted Nov 28th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... on a false passport. He is registered with the UNHCR as an asylum seeker. ...

  7. Refugee torture claims must be assessed: court

    Posted Jun 09th 2004, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... for the secretary to merely follow the UNHCR's decision. The secretary must give 'every reasonable opportunity' to the claimant to establish his claim. The secretary must also assess ... that he had been tortured and faced further torture in Sri Lanka if he returned, but he failed to persuade the Director of Immigration. He then contacted the UNHCR directly, which initially ...

  8. Doing the rights thing

    Posted Jun 12th 2004, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... of the Central Investigation Department Headquarters in Colombo. Mr Prabakar asked the director to forward the letter to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Swiss Embassy and the International Committee of the Red Cross, but the director refused and remained unswayed by a follow-up letter. Mr Prabakar then contacted the UNHCR in Hong Kong directly, which initially rejected his ...

  9. slice of life

    Posted Jul 06th 2004, 12:00am by Virginia Maher

    ... support themselves. Daily food allowances were cut to a maximum of $5 daily, compared with $8 before April. The UNHCR planned to cut all food allowances from 1 August. Almost 15,000 ...

  10. Let's create a vibrant waterfront

    Posted May 03rd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... come here as asylum seekers and refugees. Since the closure of the Vietnamese detention centres, it seems that refugees in Hong Kong have been almost completely ignored. The UNHCR website ...




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