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  1. News - Hong Kong - ASYLUM

    New UNHCR head urges Hong Kong to protect refugees and asylum seekers

    Posted Dec 02nd 2012, 12:00am by JOANNA CHIU

    ... Joanna Chiu Joanna.chiu@scmp.com Commissioner calls on city to do more, but authorities balk at possible risk of system abuse New UNHCR head urges HK to protect refugees The new head of the UNHCR in Hong Kong has made an unusually forceful call for the government to take responsibility for protecting refugees in the city. "There is no doubt that Hong Kong has the capacity ...

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    Refugees at their wits' end without status in Hong Kong

    Posted Dec 02nd 2012, 12:00am by JOANNA CHIU

    ... around, but they scavenge to survive When security guards pushed him out of the UNHCR office and locked the glass door behind him earlier this year, Bereket said he "went crazy". "I ... an interview for months. Having no support, he slept behind the UNHCR office in Yau Ma Tei and at the Star Ferry pier in Tsim Sha Tsui. "I scavenged for food on the streets, and I ate with stray ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Refugees offered a port in the storm

    Posted Dec 08th 2003, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), human rights lawyers and other agencies. The North Point centre, a four-bedroom home complete with computer, was named in honour of Anthony ... and the cash-strapped UNHCR office in Hong Kong, which recently reduced the cash allowance to asylum-seekers and refugees. Residents have included women escaping the practice of female genital mutilation ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Fire walkers have to hot foot it to hospital

    Posted Nov 15th 2010, 12:00am by Danny Mok

    ... at the UNHCR's Hong Kong office, said parts of the fire bed had 'hotter charcoal', adding: 'I saw blisters on some participants' feet.' He said this was the organisation's ...

  7. Long-distance call

    Posted Apr 05th 2009, 12:00am by Jo Baker

    ... 'I was considering tax but then the UN opportunity came up.' That opportunity- a job as a protection coun- sellor for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Hong Kong ... in the UNHCR, the situation is sensitive,' he says. 'They are coming to you because they're desperate and you're fully aware that the action you take will have a huge impact ...

  8. Amp Japan

    Posted Aug 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in Afghanistan, and donated a portion of every sale to the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). Why we love it: His designs combine traditional Japanese craftsmanship with modern urban ...

  9. Doing the rights thing

    Posted Jun 12th 2004, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... of the Central Investigation Department Headquarters in Colombo. Mr Prabakar asked the director to forward the letter to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Swiss Embassy and the International Committee of the Red Cross, but the director refused and remained unswayed by a follow-up letter. Mr Prabakar then contacted the UNHCR in Hong Kong directly, which initially rejected his ...

  10. Colourful festivals provide a chance to show real HK

    Posted Mar 20th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to Disneyland. Fiasco indeed. PETER SHERWOOD, Discovery Bay Pay for refugees Hong Kong should pay the UNHCR bill. The city was a refugee destination in the 1940s, when many immigrants fled here from ... here to pay the bill. CALVIN TANG, Sheung Wan Don't pay for refugees The UN refugee arm, the UNHCR, is still hugely in debt to the Hong Kong government, after the city supported ...




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