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  1. $1b UN refugee debt row drags on

    Posted Mar 26th 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... or risk infringing its international obligations. Ms Sokhan, who was in Sudan before moving to Hong Kong last year to head the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office, said she was amazed ... such an advanced jurisdiction not to have a clear policy and procedure on asylum is surprising.' Hong Kong is one of the few places with no refugee crisis and an advanced legal system where the UNHCR ...

  2. UN accused of unfair play over IIs

    Posted Mar 04th 2005, 12:00am by Baradan Kuppusamy

    ... immigrants avoid arrest. Home Minister Azmi Khalid said some of the recipients were economic immigrants, not refugees. 'We are very unhappy with this indiscriminate act by the UNHCR,' he said. Senior government officials said they had 'inside information' the UNHCR issued more than 10,000 papers before the crackdown. The massive operation against an estimated 400,000 ...

  3. Lives in limbo

    Posted Jun 20th 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), including internally displaced and stateless persons in more than 150 countries. Head of the Office of the UNHCR in Hong Kong, Monique Sokhan, said many people seemed to have forgotten the territory's history. 'Hong Kong was one of the first UNHCR operations in Asia,' she said. 'The UN secretary-general asked the UNHCR ...

  4. Hong Kong should have its own asylum policy, says UN official

    Posted Jul 04th 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... space' in Hong Kong laws to accommodate them. 'We are grateful to the government of Hong Kong for allowing asylum seekers to access the UNHCR office here, but we cannot do the work ... officials usually direct asylum seekers to the UNHCR for refugee status determination but such procedures can take more than a year, leaving the asylum seekers in legal limbo. Ms Lim said the UNHCR ...

  5. Pregnant asylum seeker arrested on ward

    Posted Sep 20th 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... was then presented with a $10,000 bill. 'My husband showed them the UNHCR papers, but when he walked back to the ward, the nurse called the police,' said Devi, who is seven months pregnant. ... husband and five-year-old child were detained overnight on suspicion of overstaying. The next day they were taken to Castle Peak Immigration Centre, where they showed officers the same UNHCR ...

  6. Asylum seeker 'gangland target'

    Posted Dec 19th 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... his actions angered underworld figures in his country. Jaya, whose real name cannot be revealed, is claiming asylum with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on the basis ... 'The UNHCR has rejected my case two times but they reopened it in December last year and I just need a confirmation letter from the police,' he said. A magistrate who convicted him ...

  7. Boatpeople left to live on streets

    Posted Apr 30th 2005, 12:00am by Sherry Lee

    ... (UNHCR) and the Security Bureau denied knowledge of the Vietnamese street sleepers. A senior UNHCR official said the body was not in a position to comment on whether it would help the Vietnamese ... Organisation, said it was 'inhuman' of the government and UNHCR not to help the men go home. ...

  8. UN in plea for failed asylum seekers

    Posted Apr 19th 2005, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... feel that it's safe to go back to their own country and yet they have not been determined to be refugees,' Neil Wright, of UN refugee agency UNHCR, told ABC radio. 'As a result ...

  9. Silver linings ease forgotten countries' plight

    Posted Dec 24th 2005, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... 45,000 people affected. Kitty McKinsey, regional spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said Somalia, because of its inaccessibility and lack of a central ... Ironically, the disaster may mean that this area of Somalia comes through in better condition than before the tsunami. As well as rebuilding structures, the UNHCR and other UN agencies are building ...

  10. Asylum seekers deserve humane treatment

    Posted Sep 20th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kong has effectively washed its hands of the responsibility and has left the cash-starved United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to shoulder the task. While the UNHCR is investigating ... essentials. Families are given accommodation, but limited UNHCR resources mean it is often a small, squalid room. Throughout the process, asylum seekers live outside Hong Kong society, unable ...




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