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  1. 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 ...

  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 - 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. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Let us work, cry asylum seekers

    Posted Mar 16th 2006, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... for food and $1,200 for rent each month. 'The UNHCR gives us money for our son. We don't get money from anywhere else and we are not allowed to work in Hong Kong. How are we supposed ... convention on refugees, so asylum seekers are usually considered illegal immigrants. Consequently, many seek to conceal their identities. Of the 1,300 asylum seekers in Hong Kong, the UNHCR currently ...

  9. 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. ...

  10. 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 ...




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