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  1. 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 ...

  2. Influx of asylum seekers prompts tighter visa rules

    Posted Jul 14th 2006, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... tightened the visa policy after finding claimants were abusing the refugee or torture claimant application procedures. Last month, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) received 200 applications for refugee status from asylum seekers, compared to a monthly average of 30-50 in 2004 and 2005. 'Now there is an average of 160 new arrivals per month [this year],' a UNHCR ...

  3. Lawmaker seeks a clear policy on asylum seekers

    Posted Aug 07th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... caught overstaying their visas while waiting for their applications to be screened by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). 'Detention could be indefinite and detainees ... was in contradiction of 1999 UNHCR guidelines on detention of asylum seekers, which instructed that they should not be detained, said Mr Cheung, who recently visited asylum seekers in an immigration detention ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Government must screen torture claimants fairly

    Posted Apr 05th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... was more than happy to leave all applicants to be screened by the cash-strapped UNHCR. A Court of Final Appeal ruling that year compelled the government to screen torture claimants, at least. ... that encourage more and more people to claim that they faced torture if sent back home, and therefore avoid being screened by the UNHCR. This is because a decision by the UNHCR is final, ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. South Asian II arrests triple: many cite torture

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

    ... the UNHCR] after investigation,' the source said, adding that it could take as long as three years to probe each case. The Hong Kong office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees ... said. 'But it is also an international duty to take care of those asylum seekers. Both the government and the UNHCR have to quicken their pace for the screening procedures,' he added. ...




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