asylum seeker

What will Hong Kong do with Edward Snowden? The world is watching

Edward Snowden. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong has a celebrated place in history as a safe haven for revolutionaries: Sun Yat-sen, Ho Chi Minh and José Rizal spent time here fine-tuning ideological positions, formulating strategies and gathering support.

Tuesday, 11 June, 2013, 7:18am 3 comments

What's being said on

Li Ka-shing is seen depicted with vampire fangs and devil horns, as a dock worker raises a clenched fist outside the offices of Li Ka-shing, Asia's richest tycoon. Photo: EPA

On asylum seekers protesting against screening process in HK:

Law Hin Lau - Why must they seek political asylum in Hong Kong, not our neighbouring jurisdictions? They must understand that we are under Chinese rule, no longer British rule.

1 May 2013 - 2:32am 1 comment

Don't starve refugees of the fruit of honest labour

Protesters march during a demonstration by asylum seekers in Hong Kong. Photo: AFP

Imagine you are faced with an impossible choice. You must survive in Hong Kong on HK$1,200 a month for housing and three bags of food every 10 days, or you can risk working illegally, where you will likely face exploitation by unscrupulous employers who will take advantage of your vulnerability, and where you face possible arrest and prosecution by the authorities, with severe penalties.

1 May 2013 - 3:24am 2 comments

Gay asylum seekers in UK resort to extreme measures to prove sexuality

Travellers queue to be processed by UK Border Agency immigration control officers at Heathrow airport in London. Photo: Reuters

In a lecture to be delivered this week at the Law Society, S. Chelvan, a barrister who specialises in asylum cases and works with the UK Border Agency (UKBA), will detail the extraordinary methods to which individuals are resorting - including filming themselves having sex - to justify requests for refuge.

5 Feb 2013 - 7:20am

Short Sport, January 12, 2013

PCB chief Zaka Ashraf

Lane to run his 33rd China Coast Marathon

12 Jan 2013 - 3:19am

Adopting refugee convention would not be a slippery slope for Hong Kong

Sam, Raymond and Yuref -- expose frustration refugees have with the UNHCR's work in Hong Kong. Photo: David Wong

Imagine looking out over the Shenzhen River and seeing thousands of people at the border, trying to get into Hong Kong. Many, if not most, have been persecuted, because of their religion, or their political opinion, or even just their family name. They want to come to Hong Kong not only for a better life, but also, in many cases, for any life at all. What would the Hong Kong government do?

27 Dec 2012 - 3:09am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, December 6, 2012

John Allen should have set a good example. Photo: Reuters

Supporting our refugees has its rewards

I learned first-hand over 2-1/2 years the difficulties asylum seekers face living in limbo in Hong Kong.

Through the Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre in 2010, I met Gabriel, then a 20-year-old Rwandan asylum seeker with little hope, no family and no connections here. He had survived horrendous atrocities in his youth.

6 Dec 2012 - 3:29am 1 comment