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  1. 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: ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. '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 ...

  4. News - Hong Kong

    Two ways for Edward Snowden to get legal protection

    Posted Jun 14th 2013, 12:00am by Patsy Moy, Joyce Ng, Lana Lam

    ... China Morning Post on Wednesday, although he refused to say whether he plans to apply for refugee status in Hong Kong. Going to the UNHCR is one of two ways he can seek legal protection while he fights an expected US request for his extradition through the courts. He can ask the UNHCR to determine whether he qualifies as a refugee. Or, he can seek protection from Hong Kong by claiming he ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - REFUGEES

    U.N. loses role in asylum claims

    Posted Feb 08th 2014, 04:33am by DANNY LEE

    ... year that the government could not simply rely on the UNHCR to decide whether someone was a refugee, and must assess all cases independently and fairly. The Immigration Department will take ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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, ...

  8. News - Asia - HUMAN RIGHTS

    Australia's asylum policy ‘draconian’, Human Rights Watch report says

    Posted Jan 22nd 2014, 02:07pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... the UNHCR last year released a harsh review of the facilities for asylum-seekers on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island and in Nauru, saying they failed to meet international standards of treatment. ...

  9. News - World - VIOLENCE

    GCPEA survey finds that schools are a growing target of armed conflict

    Posted Mar 03rd 2014, 09:24pm by GDN

    ... but the authors of the latest version conclude: "The problem is much greater than previously known or documented." GCPEA members include the UNHCR, Save the Children, Unicef and Human Rights ...

  10. Sri Lankan asylum-seekers fight deportation order

    Posted Jul 10th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... immediately to the Indian Ocean island. The writ said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) intervened after a call from the applicants' other son, Mohammed Naleem Aliyar, 26, who has been accepted as a refugee in Hong Kong. However, the family claims there were serious problems with interviews they had with the UNHCR as they were very brief and they did not have ...




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