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  1. UN agency depriving asylum seekers of their rights, group claims

    Posted Sep 15th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for Refugees (UNHCR) was breaching its own guidelines in handling asylum cases. Soco is writing to the UNHCR headquarters in Geneva, appealing for it to intervene because the UNHCR Hong Kong office has ... the name or picture of the slip holders, nor any indication the document is issued by the UNHCR. The slip is supposed to serve as a reminder for the asylum seeker, who is required to report back ...

  2. Whither the Iraqi refugees?

    Posted Jan 12th 2007, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... as refugees were the biggest strain on the UNHCR's limited resources, and refugee camps were gradually emptying as a result of the regime change. Early into last year those hopes remained strong; another refugee hotspot had developed in the Darfur region of northern Sudan and in neighbouring eastern Chad, but the total number of refugees and displaced people in the UNHCR's global ...

  3. HK refusal to deal with refugee cases to be tested in court

    Posted Dec 10th 2007, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is in violation of customary international law. Human rights lawyer Mark Daly, who is representing the six applicants, said the city could no longer, on the basis ... the UNHCR being called in to make assessments and deal with appeals, often within minutes of each other- was a breach of Hong Kong's international obligations, he said. The UN body does ...

  4. HK hit by surge in II numbers

    Posted May 18th 2007, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... intercepted by Marine Police this week. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office also reported a marked rise in asylum seekers registering for refugee status who had entered ... for these people to come to Hong Kong and apply to the UNHCR for refugee status. They stay at houses and it is arranged for them to work.' Choosin Ngaotheppitak, head of the Hong Kong office ...

  5. More staff being hired to handle rising number of claims

    Posted May 21st 2007, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... The number of torture claimants has been steadily rising in recent years, with 514 last year, 186 in 2005 and 44 in 2004, according to the Immigration Department. The UNHCR has also been dealing ...

  6. Law firm offers free aid to asylum seekers

    Posted Dec 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for refugee status with the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Hong Kong, but only 10 per cent succeed. The Society for Community Organisation has researched asylum seekers' ... Stone said because the UNHCR was an independent organisation and not a court, asylum seekers were not eligible for legal aid in dealings with it. Ruled out There were 554 legal aid applications ...

  7. Pakistani tells of two-year hell in prison

    Posted Nov 25th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and was making an application for refugee status to the UNHCR. Mr Khan arrived in January 2003 on a two-week visitor's visa. A day before his visa expired, he went to the Immigration Department to extend it, telling the officer he had a UNHCR letter stating he had applied for refugee status. 'I knew that if I went back to my home country, I would be arrested at the airport ...

  8. Illegal workers seek asylum through UN

    Posted Nov 01st 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... showed some of them had sought asylum from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees [UNHCR] in order to extend their stay and continue to work illegally.' Mr Wong said the salary ... would not grant asylum to refugees in Hong Kong. All applications were handled by the UNHCR Hong Kong office and 2,360 applications were being investigated by the end of July. Nevertheless, only ...

  9. Child abduction highlights plight of stateless race

    Posted Apr 18th 2007, 12:00am by Baradan Kuppusamy

    ... status,' Mr Yap said. 'We have nothing- no identity papers, no travel documents, no passports, we are totally helpless,' Mr Hussein said. The UNHCR has issued Rohingyas with documents that state the holder is a 'person of concern to the UNHCR' or that the person 'is registered with the UNHRC'. But the government does not recognise the documents as valid. ...

  10. Asylum seekers may lose legal aid group

    Posted Nov 25th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... month, the Hong Kong office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees had received 1,999 asylum claims this year. The city had the seventh-largest caseload of 80 UNHCR offices, RSD Watch reported last year. Choosin Ngaotheppitak, the head of UNHCR in Hong Kong, said the workload relating to determining claimants' status was heavy and there were only eight full-time staff and two ...




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