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  1. UNHCR vows to look into fate of Rohingya boatpeople

    Posted Jan 09th 2011, 12:00am by Azizur Rahman, Ian Young

    ... Nations High Commissioner for Refugees pledged to look into the case. 'We are currently seeking more information through our networks,' said the UNHCR's Asia Bureau spokeswoman Ariane Rummery. If the 170 self-described Bangladeshis seek asylum in India, the UNHCR could do little for them, because India will not allow the UNHCR to assess asylum claims by people from ...

  2. Asylum seekers' appeal dismissed

    Posted Jul 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... seekers currently either seek refugee status from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), or they apply to the Immigration Department for classification as genuine torture ... to reject taking responsibility for screening asylum seekers. The case concerns six asylum seekers from Africa and South Asia, whose claims were rejected by the UNHCR. The government says ...

  3. Clause for concern

    Posted Mar 20th 2011, 12:00am by Violet Law

    ... officials, according to UNHCR. In an attempt to stem a human tide, the government in 1998 put an end to the city's long-standing policy of first asylum and, in 2008, the legislature passed laws ... for longer than necessary, waiting for UNHCR officials based in the city to determine whether they are bona fide refugees. A government spokeswoman declined to say when, or if, Hong Kong will honour ...

  4. Stateless and stuck on the way to Samoa

    Posted Jun 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... three years with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which is mandated to protect stateless people, he was told his case was closed without explanation. 'They never asked me how ... that the certificate revoking his citizenship- with the signature of the state's president- is 'insufficient for drawing a conclusion' of statelessness. While the UNHCR can investigate ...

  5. Seeking a safe haven in our city

    Posted Feb 25th 2011, 12:00am by Adrian Lo

    ... Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR), between 1,000 and 3,000 refugees seek asylum in Hong Kong every year. Most of them come from South and Southeast Asia and Africa. Yet refugees like ... They are not allowed to work and have very limited access to education and medical aid. The UNHCR, meanwhile, may take up to five years to review their applications and grant them refugee status. ...

  6. Film festival to shine a light on refugees' plight

    Posted Jun 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Kong for his work as UN envoy looking at problems related to Vietnamese boatpeople who remained in the city in the 1990s. The festival is part of a series of events the UNHCR will host until June 29 to commemorate World Refugee Day, which falls on Monday. Apart from the film festival, there will be a photographic exhibition at the former Central Market celebrating the UNHCR ...

  7. Open and shut cases

    Posted Jan 14th 2011, 12:00am by Gordon Mathews

    ... making their claims to either the refugee agency UNHCR or the Hong Kong government. Some asylum seekers are fleeing torture, or political, ethnic or religious persecution; others are seeking ... of UNHCR and the government are inadequate, sometimes giving the undeserving refugee status, while denying the most deserving. They can also be unbelievably lengthy, taking five or more years ...

  8. Refugees' plight brings home the need for peace

    Posted Jun 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of Oxfam Hong Kong. A version of this article will appear in Chinese in the forthcoming book co-published by Oxfam Hong Kong and UNHCR, Without a Home in the World ...

  9. Six degrees

    Posted May 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Organisation), Jean Michel Jarre (Unesco), Sophia Loren (UNHCR), photographer and current Sundaram Tagore Gallery Hong Kong exhibitor Sebastiao Salgado (Unicef) and, for the United Nations Population ...

  10. SOS Somalia

    Posted Jul 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... are available at the feeding centres in Dollo Ado- itself inside the drought zone. Conditions in these camps are deteriorating rapidly, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Its staff describe families walking for more than a month to reach help, with significant numbers dying along the way. UNHCR is calling this displacement, and the broader issue of regional food ...




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