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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. HK only a waiting room for 1,000 claiming political asylum

    Posted Nov 28th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... have been living precariously in Hong Kong for years, their only safeguard a document issued by the UNHCR stating they have applied for refugee status. Despite this legal document, at least 30 ... not have any obligation to admit or support people seeking refugee status. 'Claims for refugee status... are dealt with by the UNHCR office here,' he said. 'Our Immigration ...

  3. 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. ...

  4. Handling of asylum seekers under fire

    Posted Jul 19th 2006, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... to be assessed. Representatives of a dozen non-governmental organisations, the Bar Association, a law firm, the University of Hong Kong and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR ... for refugees. There are 1,800 asylum seekers in Hong Kong according to UNHCR figures, with about 160 new arrivals a month. Only about 11 per cent are recognised as refugees. Monique Sokhan, head ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Asylum seekers fight ruling on repatriation

    Posted Oct 13th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). If the UNHCR recognises a person as a refugee, the director of immigration would afford them temporary refuge until the UN body was able to settle ...

  7. HK asked to unify screenings for torture, asylum

    Posted Nov 29th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for believing that the person would be in danger of being tortured. Choosin Ngaotheppitak, the head of UNHCR's Hong Kong office, believes there is a need for a unified screening process. ... in the determination of refugee status'- something the government is reluctant to do. Until five years ago the Director of Immigration had full discretion on whether to deport or refer to the UNHCR people ...

  8. Talking points

    Posted Jul 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... them in UNHCR refugee camps. Some 300,000 Rohingya live on the Bangladesh side of the border. C.Y. and team keep up the charm offensive Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and his cabinet continue ...

  9. Solomons crisis fuels call to aid all refugees

    Posted May 06th 2006, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... on a case-by-case basis, exercise his discretion to grant release on recognisance to those seeking refugee status or refugees mandated by the UNHCR's Hong Kong office, pending determination ...

  10. City's moral duty to help refugees

    Posted Jul 19th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... leaving the UNHCR struggling to cope and then complaining about the results. SARAH CORNISH, Yau Ma Tei Ho scores own goal In his letter 'Foul play' (July 17), Home Affairs Secretary ...



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