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  1. News - Asia - BANGKOK

    UN's Navi Pillay urges charges against journalists in Thailand to be dropped

    Posted Dec 27th 2013, 11:02pm by AFP

    ... in the country." Pillay's office in Bangkok has been in touch with the government about the case and the charges filed by the Navy, a UNHCR spokeswoman said. If convicted, the two journalists could ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1391268/uns-navi-pillay-urges-charges-against-journalists-thailand-be-dropped
  2. 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
  3. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    UN calls for talks after clash in strife-torn Myanmar region

    Posted Aug 13th 2013, 09:28pm by AFP

    ... envoy toured the strife-torn area on Tuesday. At least one person was killed and around 10 injured last Friday in the latest violence in Rakhine state, the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said. Conflict between local Buddhist and Muslim communities in the state last year left some 200 dead and 140,000 homeless. “UNHCR is reiterating its call for peaceful dialogue ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1296428/un-calls-talks-after-clash-unrest-hit-myanmar-region
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Snowden case poses complex legal challenges for Hong Kong

    Posted Jun 12th 2013, 01:42pm by Ng Tze Wei

    ... for Refugees (UNHCR) in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is not a signatory to the international Refugee Conventions, but is nevertheless bound by the fundamental international human rights principle ... decision on whether or not to surrender Snowden on hold, and allow him to stay, pending a decision by the UNHCR. Like the “political character” matter, it could be hard for Snowden to prove he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1259074/snowden-case-poses-complex-legal-challenges-hong-kong
  5. News - World - SYRIA

    Britain’s Prince Charles visits Syrian refugees in Jordan

    Posted Mar 14th 2013, 12:37am by Associated Press

    ... the “remarkable” work of the agencies on the ground, mentioning the UN’s refugee body, UNHCR. The royal visit did not include the main Zaatari tent camp because of security concerns. Sporadic rioting has broken out at the facility over its difficult desert conditions. Also in Jordan on Wednesday, UNHCR chief Antonio Guterres urged stepped up international support, warning that funds received so ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1190206/britains-prince-charles-visits-syrian-refugees-jordan
  6. News - World - ITALY

    Lampedusa video of naked migrants causes storm of protests in Italy

    Posted Dec 18th 2013, 08:50pm by The Guardian

    ... refugee agency UNHCR, said: "These images cannot leave us indifferent. All the more so because they come after the tragic shipwrecks of October and after the commitments that Italy made ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1385248/lampedusa-video-naked-migrants-causes-storm-protests-italy
  7. News - Asia - THAILAND

    UN plea to Thailand over reports that 15 Rohingya migrants were shot dead

    Posted Mar 08th 2013, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... neighbouring Myanmar. Vivian Tan, spokeswoman for the UN's High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Thailand, said officials yesterday met counterparts from the Thai Foreign Ministry in Bangkok. ... naval officials have yet to comment. Tan said the UNHCR was aware of earlier, vague media reports of shootings in Thailand from Rohingya boatpeople arriving in Sri Lanka and two recent boatloads ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1185777/un-plea-thailand-over-reports-15-rohingya-migrants-were-shot-dead
  8. UN accused of unfair play over IIs

    Posted Mar 04th 2005, 12:00am by Baradan Kuppusamy

    ... immigrants avoid arrest. Home Minister Azmi Khalid said some of the recipients were economic immigrants, not refugees. 'We are very unhappy with this indiscriminate act by the UNHCR,' he said. Senior government officials said they had 'inside information' the UNHCR issued more than 10,000 papers before the crackdown. The massive operation against an estimated 400,000 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/491228/un-accused-unfair-play-over-iis
  9. News - World

    Winter storm pummels Middle East, adding to refugee misery

    Posted Dec 12th 2013, 09:17pm by Agence France-Presse in Beirut

    ... and unfinished buildings. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said it was working with the Lebanese army to distribute blankets and provide money for heating fuel but remained “concerned” about the situation. ... at the airfield on Friday,” UNHCR regional spokesman Peter Kessler said. Banks, schools, offices shut Elsewhere in the region the weather sent temperatures plunging and brought heavy snow at higher ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1379235/winter-storm-pummels-mideast-adding-refugee-misery
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Don't squander chance to give asylum seekers in Hong Kong a better life

    Posted Dec 10th 2013, 03:20am by ALETA MILLER

    ... developed economies, is not a signatory to the 1951 UN Refugee Convention. Where the Hong Kong government has shirked its responsibilities, UNHCR- the UN refugee agency- has filled in, hearing ... and for Hong Kong to put itself on the map as a world city in every way. A landmark decision by the Court of Final Appeal in March forced the government's hand, ruling that it, not UNHCR, should ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1376934/dont-squander-chance-give-asylum-seekers-hong-kong-better

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