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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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/974141/asylum-seekers-appeal-dismissed
  2. UN agency depriving asylum seekers of their rights, group claims

    Posted Sep 15th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for Refugees (UNHCR) was breaching its own guidelines in handling asylum cases. Soco is writing to the UNHCR headquarters in Geneva, appealing for it to intervene because the UNHCR Hong Kong office has ... the name or picture of the slip holders, nor any indication the document is issued by the UNHCR. The slip is supposed to serve as a reminder for the asylum seeker, who is required to report back ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/607962/un-agency-depriving-asylum-seekers-their-rights-group-claims
  3. War children

    Posted Jan 04th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... (http://hk.youtube.com/user/unhcr) as part of the Gimme Shelter campaign to help raise US$23 million for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to help affected families in eastern Congo and Uganda. The agency is also inviting people to post personal messages of support on its website (www.unhcr.org) in an attempt to raise public awareness of the continued suffering. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/665740/war-children
  4. Immigration chief chided over asylum-seekers

    Posted Jul 13th 2003, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... and were told by immigration officers to go back to their country. A relative who had already been granted refugee status called the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Hong Kong and an officer interviewed the family the next day. But immigration officers allegedly interrupted the interview to inform the family they would be removed that evening and that the UNHCR ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/421485/immigration-chief-chided-over-asylum-seekers
  5. HK a 'hard place' for asylum seekers

    Posted Jun 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... volunteer organisation that provides humanitarian services to UNHCR asylum seekers and refugees in Hong Kong, said the recognition figure was probably lower, and his group had pushed the Hong Kong ... to the UNHCR, asylum seekers and refugees in Hong Kong have access to government-provided humanitarian assistance including basic accommodation, food, clothing and toiletries, as well as reimbursement ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1004409/hk-hard-place-asylum-seekers
  6. HK only a waiting room for 1,000 claiming political asylum

    Posted Nov 28th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... have been living precariously in Hong Kong for years, their only safeguard a document issued by the UNHCR stating they have applied for refugee status. Despite this legal document, at least 30 ... not have any obligation to admit or support people seeking refugee status. 'Claims for refugee status... are dealt with by the UNHCR office here,' he said. 'Our Immigration ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/479955/hk-only-waiting-room-1000-claiming-political-asylum
  7. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/556557/influx-asylum-seekers-prompts-tighter-visa-rules
  8. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/559449/lawmaker-seeks-clear-policy-asylum-seekers
  9. Refugees are our responsibility, too

    Posted Mar 31st 2006, 12:00am by Kelley Loper

    ... pending. In addition, the ensuing debate about this decision has revealed common misperceptions- namely, that Hong Kong has no legal obligations towards refugees, and that the UNHCR has the primary ... that cover Hong Kong, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention against Torture. Another misperception is that the UNHCR owes Hong Kong a large debt left ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/542685/refugees-are-our-responsibility-too
  10. Pregnant asylum seeker arrested on ward

    Posted Sep 20th 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... was then presented with a $10,000 bill. 'My husband showed them the UNHCR papers, but when he walked back to the ward, the nurse called the police,' said Devi, who is seven months pregnant. ... husband and five-year-old child were detained overnight on suspicion of overstaying. The next day they were taken to Castle Peak Immigration Centre, where they showed officers the same UNHCR ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/516947/pregnant-asylum-seeker-arrested-ward

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