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  1. News - Hong Kong - HUMAN RIGHTS

    No information for NGOs on new Hong Kong system for asylum seekers

    Posted Nov 03rd 2013, 06:28am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... the local office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR) has had to take on the task of screening those seeking asylum who are not necessarily doing so on the grounds of having ... there are substantial grounds for believing that the person would be in danger of being tortured. Two Court of Final Appeal decisions that said the government could not rely on the UNHCR to screen asylum ...

  2. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    UN ‘troubled’ by Australia’s Papua New Guinea boatpeople plan

    Posted Jul 26th 2013, 09:40pm by AFP

    ... it was concerned greater numbers of asylum-seekers could be sent to the poor and developing nation. “UNHCR is troubled by the current absence of adequate protection standards and safeguards ... to deter record numbers of asylum-seekers arriving by boat. Hundreds have drowned making the perilous journey. But under the new arrangement, which the UNHCR said raised serious and so far ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - RIGHTS

    Transgender woman Ana finally living a life that is true to herself

    Posted Nov 03rd 2013, 06:28am by Lana Lam

    ... in the Netherlands after her bid for asylum was granted by the UNHCR in Hong Kong, she no longer fears for her life and freely lives as a woman. Ana's successful asylum bid is one of four known cases ... and working there which meant it would be more difficult to keep my privacy." Five days after she arrived in Hong Kong, Ana handed her application for asylum to the UNHCR. "Emotionally, ...

  4. U.N. aid agency defends cuts for refugees in HK

    Posted Mar 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... as global emergencies tie up more of the organisation's resources. As the Sunday Morning Post revealed last week, the UNHCR cut the HK$1,500 payments to just HK$300, with the Hong Kong ... Ngaotheppitak, head of the UNHCR's Hong Kong office, said the new policy would ensure refugees now have full access to the government's humanitarian assistance and are provided with a rental ...

  5. News - World - IRAQ

    Save the Children charity appeals for rapid response over Mosul exodus

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 10:46pm by GDN

    ... to their posts," he said. The Kurdistan regional government is planning to work with the UN to set up a camp for the displaced people. Dan McNorton, a spokesman for the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said ...

  6. News - World - KENYA

    Westgate Mall attacker lived in Somali refugee camp, say Kenyan officials

    Posted Nov 12th 2013, 09:41pm by AP

    ... The head of UNHCR in Kenya, Raouf Mazou, said on Monday that his organisation had been co-operating with the Kenyan government on the Westgate investigation but said he was "not aware of any ... and the UNHCR said that the 475,000 registered Somali refugees inside Kenya would get support when they returned to their homeland- if they chose to return. ...

  7. 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. ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. News - World - SYRIA

    More Syrian refugees pour into Iraq's Kurdish region

    Posted Aug 19th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... yesterday. The UNHCR reported a "river" of Syrians crossing into Iraqi Kurdistan, after more than 15,000 entered Iraq on Thursday and Saturday, figures the agency said were unprecedented. "UN-refugee-agency staff at Sahela today report what appears like a river of people coming towards the border," said Claire Bourgeois, the UNHCR's Iraq representative, referring to a border ...

  10. Covert crooner sings for supper

    Posted Nov 10th 2006, 12:00am by Andrew Sun

    ... combat gear for a tux when he leads a swinging big band called The Magnificent Ten at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) charity ball tomorrow night at Red Bar & ... he regained the vocal bug when a friend asked him to perform at his wedding. And the next thing you know, Wong is doing Sinatra and Deano. The UNHCR event at IFC is HK$500 a ticket, ...




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