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  1. Who should pay?

    Posted Mar 16th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The United Nations' refugee agency, the UNHCR, will stop funding asylum-seekers in Hong Kong from May, because of worldwide cuts in funding. Is it up to Hong Kong to pay the bill? Share your views. Write to us. ...

  2. UN body to cease aid for asylum seekers

    Posted Mar 15th 2006, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... Norma Connolly and Robin Kwong Reeling from lack of funds, UNHCR urges HK to take over the task The UN's refugee agency will cease funding asylum seekers in Hong Kong from May. ... seekers in the city. The UNHCR supports 80 of the 1,300 asylum seekers awaiting the outcome of their refugee status application. The money they receive is usually equivalent to the welfare ...

  3. Covert crooner sings for supper

    Posted Nov 10th 2006, 12:00am by Andrew Sun

    ... combat gear for a tux when he leads a swinging big band called The Magnificent Ten at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) charity ball tomorrow night at Red Bar & ... he regained the vocal bug when a friend asked him to perform at his wedding. And the next thing you know, Wong is doing Sinatra and Deano. The UNHCR event at IFC is HK$500 a ticket, ...

  4. Hope for refugees

    Posted Jun 20th 2006, 12:00am by Andrew Sun

    ... Andrew Sun Today is World Refugee Day, as proclaimed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). With 19 million people worldwide displaced by war, famine and other ... no significant news here really, we just thought this is a worthwhile cause. So, go pick up the cool T-shirt (as worn by Wong) or a UNHCR wristband at the five Pure locations around town this month. ...

  5. UN accused of depriving refugees of their rights

    Posted Jul 10th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a seven-month study into the cases of 100 asylum seekers who had approached the local UNHCR office for assistance. According to the society, 91 said they had not been allowed to be accompanied ... the Procedure Standards for Refugee Status Determination under the UNHCR Mandate. Society director Ho Hei-wah said yesterday he had been told by workers at the UN office that a shortage of staff ...

  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 applications for refugee status from asylum seekers, compared to a monthly average of 30-50 in 2004 and 2005. 'Now there is an average of 160 new arrivals per month [this year],' a UNHCR ...

  7. Lawmaker seeks a clear policy on asylum seekers

    Posted Aug 07th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... caught overstaying their visas while waiting for their applications to be screened by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). 'Detention could be indefinite and detainees ... was in contradiction of 1999 UNHCR guidelines on detention of asylum seekers, which instructed that they should not be detained, said Mr Cheung, who recently visited asylum seekers in an immigration detention ...

  8. Six asylum seekers restart hunger strike

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

    ... asylum seekers or torture claimants listed in Hong Kong by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 350 had been granted bail, while 120 remained in detention. The remainder had been allowed in and were applying for help from the UNHCR as asylum seekers. Of the 120 detained, more than a quarter have been held for over six months, according to government figures. ...

  9. Refugees are our responsibility, too

    Posted Mar 31st 2006, 12:00am by Kelley Loper

    ... pending. In addition, the ensuing debate about this decision has revealed common misperceptions- namely, that Hong Kong has no legal obligations towards refugees, and that the UNHCR has the primary ... that cover Hong Kong, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention against Torture. Another misperception is that the UNHCR owes Hong Kong a large debt left ...

  10. Let us work, cry asylum seekers

    Posted Mar 16th 2006, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... for food and $1,200 for rent each month. 'The UNHCR gives us money for our son. We don't get money from anywhere else and we are not allowed to work in Hong Kong. How are we supposed ... convention on refugees, so asylum seekers are usually considered illegal immigrants. Consequently, many seek to conceal their identities. Of the 1,300 asylum seekers in Hong Kong, the UNHCR currently ...




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