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  1. 'Legal aid increases success rate'

    Posted Dec 27th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... (UNHCR). Brian Barbour, executive director of the centre, said its success rate was 46 per cent, compared with 10 per cent for applicants overall. As a non-profit organisation, the centre provides full representation and advisory services to people filling in asylum applications to the UNHCR. 'We screen the case first, then decide whether to provide legal assistance or not,' Mr ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/665060/legal-aid-increases-success-rate
  2. Australian group's donation helps refugees learn additional skills

    Posted Dec 25th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... war or persecution. Helping them get by is the Caritas-Hong Kong-UNHCR Project, one of the 13 beneficiaries of Operation Santa Claus 2008. Take, for instance, 31-year-old Ali Hanssan from ... donating HK$150,000 to the Caritas Hong Kong-UNHCR Project. The foundation, a major donor to Operation Santa Claus, runs corporate philanthropy for Australia's largest investment bank. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/664933/australian-groups-donation-helps-refugees-learn-additional-skills
  3. Congolese torture claimant takes his fight to High Court

    Posted Feb 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... for torture-claimant status to the UNHCR. The magistrate's court set January 3 this year as his trial date after repeatedly adjourning the case, pending the result of his torture claim. On January 2 he ... he had appealed against the UNHCR's decision. Mark Daly of solicitors' firm Barnes & Daly, for the applicant, said the city's prosecution policy showed it lacked a coherent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/627280/congolese-torture-claimant-takes-his-fight-high-court
  4. Aid for Myanmar waylaid just 3km across the border

    Posted May 13th 2008, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... UN refugee agency (UNHCR) trucks carrying 20 tonnes of tents and plastic sheeting, enough to shelter 10,000 victims. It had taken five days of pleading and cajoling. But at 1pm, ... to the doorstep and began quizzing my driver-interpreter: 'Who is this man? Is he with the UNHCR? Why is he taking pictures?' We shook hands, retreated to our car and drove quickly back ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/637335/aid-myanmar-waylaid-just-3km-across-border
  5. HK must do more to protect the vulnerable

    Posted Feb 19th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... as other arrivals under the Immigration Ordinance and left to fend for themselves- some have complained that they were not even directed to the UNHCR. Authorities here do not entirely turn a blind eye to such people. While the UNHCR is assessing their claims, asylum seekers are provided with the basic necessities. Those who fail to be granted refugee status are sent home, while the 10 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/626723/hk-must-do-more-protect-vulnerable
  6. Asylum 6 lose case against repatriation

    Posted Feb 19th 2008, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... or compassionate grounds. 'If, in any particular case, the director has reason to believe that he should not act upon a determination made by the [UNHCR], whether favourable or unfavourable ... of the UNHCR declined to comment on the independence of the Director of Immigration in determining refugee status. A spokesman for the Security Bureau said the government had a firm policy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/626807/asylum-6-lose-case-against-repatriation
  7. Delivery of 'clean' justice has nothing to do with pay scales

    Posted Jun 06th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... but with international bodies out of the jurisdiction: migrant workers have complained to an anti-slavery non-governmental organisation in London; asylum seekers to UNHCR; and Growing Together, a special ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/640428/delivery-clean-justice-has-nothing-do-pay-scales
  8. Refugees pay heavy price for lack of access to education

    Posted Jun 01st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... their chances of finding another country to accept them. Choosin Ngaotheppitak, the head of the Hong Kong office of the UNHCR, said he was expecting the Legislative Council to discuss education ... 'For non-subvention courses, refugees are eligible to apply if they are granted the right to study by the Director of Immigration.' According to the UNHCR, there are 838 asylum seekers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/639830/refugees-pay-heavy-price-lack-access-education
  9. Social activist braces for daunting role in Darfur

    Posted Mar 16th 2008, 12:00am by Annemarie Evans

    ... and computer classes, as well as lawyers who help asylum seekers with their requests to the UNHCR, and doctors and counsellors who give up their free time. Ms Cornish plans to return to Hong Kong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/630145/social-activist-braces-daunting-role-darfur
  10. Screening policy review to stop abuse by torture claimants

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

    ... being in the city for an average of 17 months. Most made their first claims to the UNHCR and turned to the Convention Against Torture after being rejected. 'Many lodged claims only when ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/628452/screening-policy-review-stop-abuse-torture-claimants

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