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  1. Twin track on refugees leads many into limbo

    Posted Jun 20th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Lanka, Nepal and Somalia. In contrast to most developed nations, Hong Kong relies on the local office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to determine whether asylum seekers are granted refugee status. This allows them to settle in another country, and many end up in Canada or the United States. Choosin Ngaotheppitak, head of the UNHCR in Hong Kong and Macau, says: ...

  2. 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, ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Alleged torture victims are prosecuted

    Posted Sep 07th 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... human right and called on the government to assess all torture claims individually. The UNHCR rejected the family's application for refugee status in December. A Security Bureau spokesman ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Letters

    Posted Jan 23rd 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... K. M. Nasir, Mid-Levels Looking after refugees I refer to the report highlighting the sorry plight of the Rohingya boatpeople ('UNHCR vows to look into fate of Rohingya boatpeople', ...



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