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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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: ...

  4. 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 ...

  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. 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 ...

  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 - 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 ...

  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. 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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