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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Who should pay?

    Posted Mar 16th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The United Nations' refugee agency, the UNHCR, will stop funding asylum-seekers in Hong Kong from May, because of worldwide cuts in funding. Is it up to Hong Kong to pay the bill? Share your views. Write to us. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/540668/who-should-pay
  5. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/974141/asylum-seekers-appeal-dismissed
  6. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Top court says Hong Kong must assess refugee cases independently

    Posted Mar 26th 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... the role of the UN agency to fade. "Understanding UNHCR's constraints in its finance and manpower, it is quite unlikely that it would duplicate the job if the government was doing it already," Ho said. Non-permanent judge Mr Justice Anthony Mason said in the court ruling that it was not right for the immigration director to simply rely on the UNHCR. "There are very strong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1199773/top-court-says-hong-kong-must-assess-refugee-cases-independently
  7. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1095161/refugees-their-wits-end-without-status-hong-kong
  8. UN body to cease aid for asylum seekers

    Posted Mar 15th 2006, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... Norma Connolly and Robin Kwong Reeling from lack of funds, UNHCR urges HK to take over the task The UN's refugee agency will cease funding asylum seekers in Hong Kong from May. ... seekers in the city. The UNHCR supports 80 of the 1,300 asylum seekers awaiting the outcome of their refugee status application. The money they receive is usually equivalent to the welfare ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/540557/un-body-cease-aid-asylum-seekers
  9. Refugees left with HK$300 a month after subsidy cut

    Posted Feb 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... bills and was 'very, very desperate'. Activists' anger over the cuts has been stirred by the fact that the UNHCR's own website shows it received private contributions ... by our fellow citizens. The big picture remains disingenuous.' The UNHCR said funds raised in Hong Kong were used to support its humanitarian work around the world, which have stretched ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/993717/refugees-left-hk300-month-after-subsidy-cut
  10. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Refugees can be sent to persecution under Hong Kong law

    Posted Mar 08th 2013, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... does not take applications for refugee status, but instead refers them to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. When the UNHCR finds in favour of someone claiming refugee status, ... to the government to decide how to meet the obligation. He said there was "no reason" why the UNHCR should not handle refugee claims in Hong Kong. The appellants- from the Democratic Republic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1185736/refugees-can-be-sent-persecution-under-hong-kong-law

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