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  1. 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 ...

  2. Lawmaker seeks a clear policy on asylum seekers

    Posted Aug 07th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... caught overstaying their visas while waiting for their applications to be screened by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). 'Detention could be indefinite and detainees ... was in contradiction of 1999 UNHCR guidelines on detention of asylum seekers, which instructed that they should not be detained, said Mr Cheung, who recently visited asylum seekers in an immigration detention ...

  3. Six asylum seekers restart hunger strike

    Posted Aug 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... asylum seekers or torture claimants listed in Hong Kong by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 350 had been granted bail, while 120 remained in detention. The remainder had been allowed in and were applying for help from the UNHCR as asylum seekers. Of the 120 detained, more than a quarter have been held for over six months, according to government figures. ...

  4. Only one in 10 gain refugee status

    Posted Nov 28th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) rules, only one in 10 people pass the criteria. One who did so is 26-year-old Tony, a Congolese. He will soon leave for Quebec. Then he hopes to be able to send ... has 'just stopped'. He applied to the UNHCR for asylum status. His voyage through the system was swift; Tony carries a document which identifies him as being a genuine refugee ...

  5. News - Asia - ROHINGYA

    UN concerned after probe shows Thai troops shot at Rohingya

    Posted Mar 16th 2013, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... citizenship rights, including even marriage or work, despite having lived in Rakhine state for centuries. The UNHCR estimates that around 7,000 Rohingya have taken to boats to flee in the first two ... solutions, the UNHCR said, which added it welcomed the move. Some 320 people on two boats have been picked up off Malaysia in the last week, with the UNHCR saying they believed them to be Rohingya ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Ban on refugees taking jobs is 'contrary to law', top court hears

    Posted Jan 09th 2014, 03:10am by Thomas Chan

    ... by British barrister David Pannick QC. The Immigration Department has received 3,800 torture claims since December 2009. Just 10 were substantiated. The UNHCR said 3,022 people lodged refugee claims ...

  7. News - Asia - ASYLUM SEEKERS

    New Australian premier Abbott's asylum plan needs Indonesian help

    Posted Sep 21st 2013, 12:00am by JEFFREY HUTTON

    ... to the UN's refugee agency (UNHCR). Many seek to continue on to Australia. Local police and other workers might see little reason to impede the onward journeys of the asylum seekers, who mainly come ... A planned panel discussion with foreign journalists that included the IOM, the chief of mission of the UNHCR and the Indonesian government's director general of multilateral affairs ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    New screening process for asylum seekers must be fair and open

    Posted Feb 10th 2014, 07:29pm by ALETA MILLER

    ... If they do, the UNHCR will assist them with potential resettlement to a third country. But this can take years. What do they do in the meantime? Will they languish in limbo in Hong Kong, as current ...

  10. Refugees are our responsibility, too

    Posted Mar 31st 2006, 12:00am by Kelley Loper

    ... pending. In addition, the ensuing debate about this decision has revealed common misperceptions- namely, that Hong Kong has no legal obligations towards refugees, and that the UNHCR has the primary ... that cover Hong Kong, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention against Torture. Another misperception is that the UNHCR owes Hong Kong a large debt left ...




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