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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 ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Fairer refugee processing would benefit Hong Kong

    Posted Jan 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Kerry Kennedy

    ... year, 5,800 torture claimants were awaiting assessment by the Immigration Department. These figures would not be accounted for by the UNHCR that only has responsibility for refugee assessment. ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong should not turn its back on asylum seekers

    Posted Dec 07th 2012, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... against their right to work has added to the woes. In an interview with the Sunday Morning Post, Philip Karani, the head of the UNHCR in Hong Kong and Macau, encouraged the government to sign ...

  4. News - Hong Kong

    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 ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - HUMAN RIGHTS

    Asylum seekers want better screening from Immigration Department

    Posted Apr 28th 2013, 12:00am by JOLIE HO; JOANNA CHIU

    ... take over asylum screenings from the UNHCR. The ruling was handed down by the Court of Final Appeal.] ...

  6. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia to extend reach of tough refugee policy

    Posted Oct 31st 2012, 03:42pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... agency UNHCR criticised the move, saying it did not absolve Australia of its obligations toward refugees under international law. It also expressed “increasing concern” about the status of more ... raises serious legal issues, as well as concerns for the health and well-being of those affected,” the UNHCR’s Canberra office said. ...

  7. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia defends PNG refugee plan despite UN concern

    Posted Oct 12th 2012, 04:28pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... to PNG was “fully appropriate”. It was the UNHCR’s assessment that PNG “does not have the legal safeguards nor the competence or capacity to shoulder alone the responsibility of protecting ... consulted with and tabled correspondence by the UNHCR – and as always, we take on board issues they have raised,” the spokesman said. “We continue to work with the PNG government on implementation ...



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