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  1. Outcry at raid on Aceh refugees

    Posted Aug 21st 2003, 12:00am by Baradan Kuppusamy

    ... Malaysian police launched a controversial dawn raid against hundreds of displaced Acehnese arriving at the UNHCR office in Kuala Lumpur to seek refugee status. The raid has drawn heavy ... as they await relocation to other countries.' Police blocked all roads on Tuesday morning leading to the UNHCR office, stopped vehicles and arrested 232 of the refugees as illegal immigrants. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/425434/outcry-raid-aceh-refugees
  2. 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
  3. UN accused of depriving refugees of their rights

    Posted Jul 10th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a seven-month study into the cases of 100 asylum seekers who had approached the local UNHCR office for assistance. According to the society, 91 said they had not been allowed to be accompanied ... the Procedure Standards for Refugee Status Determination under the UNHCR Mandate. Society director Ho Hei-wah said yesterday he had been told by workers at the UN office that a shortage of staff ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/556124/un-accused-depriving-refugees-their-rights
  4. Mainland star Yao Chen open to new role after visit to Manila refugees

    Posted Jun 20th 2010, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... for Refugees (UNHCR). She travelled with Hong Kong and mainland reporters to have a close look at what the UNHCR was doing. A camera crew filmed her experiences, which will be screened at the Shanghai ... most wanted to emulate. 'Angelina Jolie has done enormous work as a UNHCR goodwill ambassador. She's so committed to the cause and has set an example for everyone,' Yao said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/717637/mainland-star-yao-chen-open-new-role-after-visit-manila-refugees
  5. 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
  6. 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
  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. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    U.N. concern at plight of Hong Kong asylum seekers living in squalor

    Posted Sep 08th 2013, 12:00am by DANNY LEE

    ... for Refugees (UNHCR)." She said the agency was "keenly aware of the difficult living conditions that asylum seekers face [in the city]". She said the UNHCR had spoken to the government ... acceptable accommodation. "The UNHCR will continue reaching out to the government to ensure the well-being of asylum seekers in Hong Kong and their right to an adequate standard of living," ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1305929/un-concern-plight-hong-kong-asylum-seekers-living-squalor
  9. 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
  10. News - World - SYRIA

    Evacuations, aid delivery resume in Syria’s besieged city of Homs

    Posted Feb 12th 2014, 07:24pm by AFP

    ... expressed concern on Tuesday about the fate of hundreds of men and boys taken for questioning by authorities after being evacuated. A spokeswoman for the UN’s refugee agency UNHCR said 336 male ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1426594/evacuations-aid-delivery-resume-syrias-besieged-city-homs

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