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  1. 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 ...

  2. Twin track on refugees leads many into limbo

    Posted Jun 20th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Lanka, Nepal and Somalia. In contrast to most developed nations, Hong Kong relies on the local office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to determine whether asylum seekers are granted refugee status. This allows them to settle in another country, and many end up in Canada or the United States. Choosin Ngaotheppitak, head of the UNHCR in Hong Kong and Macau, says: ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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," ...

  5. 'Legal aid increases success rate'

    Posted Dec 27th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... (UNHCR). Brian Barbour, executive director of the centre, said its success rate was 46 per cent, compared with 10 per cent for applicants overall. As a non-profit organisation, the centre provides full representation and advisory services to people filling in asylum applications to the UNHCR. 'We screen the case first, then decide whether to provide legal assistance or not,' Mr ...

  6. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, March 1, 2013

    Posted Mar 01st 2013, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... to refugees ("UNHCR axes all aid for HK refugees in budget cuts", February 27). How can this be? Is the UNHCR broke? Refugees are some of the most vulnerable members of our society. ... have had their cases heard by the UNHCR and have been assessed as having genuine reasons for having to flee their home countries to which they will never be able to return. They are waiting ...

  7. Lives in limbo

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

    ... Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), including internally displaced and stateless persons in more than 150 countries. Head of the Office of the UNHCR in Hong Kong, Monique Sokhan, said many people seemed to have forgotten the territory's history. 'Hong Kong was one of the first UNHCR operations in Asia,' she said. 'The UN secretary-general asked the UNHCR ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Uygurs awaiting Indian clearance

    Posted Aug 20th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for Refugees (UNHCR). There are tens of thousands of Tibetan exiles in India, but this is the first time Uygurs are known to have fled the autonomous region in China's far west for India. ... is from Hotan, which has witnessed sustained anti-China protests. He said he was jailed from 1995 to 1998 for refusing to shave off his beard. Nayana Bose, a UNHCR spokeswoman in New Delhi, ...

  10. Hong Kong should have its own asylum policy, says UN official

    Posted Jul 04th 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... space' in Hong Kong laws to accommodate them. 'We are grateful to the government of Hong Kong for allowing asylum seekers to access the UNHCR office here, but we cannot do the work ... officials usually direct asylum seekers to the UNHCR for refugee status determination but such procedures can take more than a year, leaving the asylum seekers in legal limbo. Ms Lim said the UNHCR ...




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