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  1. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Persecuted protected by customary international law, UNHCR says

    Posted Mar 07th 2013, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... argues that the government must assess the applications itself rather than passing the responsibility to the UNHCR. "[The principle] is, at minimum, customary international law," Gerard McCoy SC, for the UNHCR, told the Court of Final Appeal. "The matter, we say, is simply beyond doubt." The UN agency said it seemed that the Hong Kong government wanted to contend ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1183828/persecuted-protected-customary-international-law-unhcr-says
  2. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Afghan refugees shiver at another deadly winter

    Posted Jan 02nd 2013, 09:20pm by AFP

    ... decades, and the UN refugee agency UNHCR has co-ordinated efforts to reduce repeat fatalities. “Last year was the worst, and the weather is again turning bad,” Sayed Ullah, 40, said as he lined up ... and I have no income except for just a bit of labouring work. We need help to get through the winter.” UNHCR said it had funded and organised distribution of aid to more than 32,000 “internally ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1118476/afghan-refugees-shiver-another-deadly-winter
  3. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Africans appeal ruling on refugees

    Posted Mar 06th 2013, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man joyce.hyman@scmp.com Lawyers for the three men say the government has an obligation to handle the claims instead of passing them to the UNHCR to process Africans appeal ruling ... itself rather than passing the responsibility to the UNHCR. Lawyers for the men, who have not been identified by name, made their case at the Court of Final Appeal yesterday, after previous ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1180400/africans-appeal-ruling-refugees
  4. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    UNHCR axes all aid for HK refugees in budget cuts

    Posted Feb 27th 2013, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... John Carney john.carney@scmp.com UNHCR axes all aid for HK refugees in budget cuts In a shock move, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Hong Kong (UNHCR) has announced that it will cut all financial aid to recognised refugees living here. There are 132 people with official refugee status in Hong Kong. Each one receives HK$500 from the UNHCR per month. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1159313/unhcr-axes-all-aid-hk-refugees-budget-cuts
  5. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1095267/new-unhcr-head-urges-hong-kong-protect-refugees-and-asylum-seekers
  6. News - Hong Kong

    Asylum plea by Snowden would not be fast-tracked, says UN refugee office

    Posted Jun 19th 2013, 03:00pm by JOANNA CHIU

    ... seeker warned Snowden may face a long wait should he seek protection. "We prioritise older cases," said Nazneen Farooqi, a protection officer at the UNHCR's office in Hong Kong, during a press conference ahead of today's World Refugee Day. She said she was speaking hypothetically, as UNHCR does not confirm or deny the existence of particular asylum claims. Farooqi ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1264276/no-special-treatment-any-edward-snowden-asylum-claim-says-unhcr
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong should help refugees live in dignity

    Posted Mar 05th 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... status that the UNHCR is cutting their monthly cash assistance from HK$500 to- nothing. The organisation blames the drain on its financial resources of events around the world, including a wide ... and transport to appointments with UNHCR or the government. Refugees have long ceased to pose a challenge to Hong Kong society, which was once a haven for Vietnamese fleeing political turmoil. But, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1177440/hong-kong-should-help-refugees-live-dignity
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Adopting refugee convention would not be a slippery slope for Hong Kong

    Posted Dec 27th 2012, 12:00am by PHILIP KARANI

    ... that in 1957, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution allowing the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to help refugees in Hong Kong, the first time the international community had ... in a manner that the Hong Kong people decide for themselves. Philip Karani is head of office of UNHCR Hong Kong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1113049/adopting-refugee-convention-would-not-be-slippery-slope-hong
  9. News - World - SYRIA

    Number of Syrian refugees reaches one million

    Posted Mar 06th 2013, 04:30pm by AFP

    ... are doing everything we can to help, but the international humanitarian response capacity is dangerously stretched. This tragedy has to be stopped.” The UNHCR said the one million figure comprised ... that numbers would reach 1.1 million by June but said on Wednesday that it would adjust that figure. The exodus has intensified this year, the UNHCR said, with 400,000 Syrians fleeing their country ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1183086/number-syrian-refugees-reaches-one-million
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong should help those in refugee limbo

    Posted Apr 06th 2013, 12:00am

    ... SCMP Editorial Help those in refugee limbo The government has been reluctant to even screen refugee applicants for genuine cases since the ordeal of handling tens of thousands of Vietnamese asylum seekers in the 1980s. They fear that to do so might reopen ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1208112/hong-kong-should-help-those-refugee-limbo

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