A higher rent allowance of HK$1,500 for foreigners seeking temporary refuge in the city is still far from meeting the subsistence level they need to get by, pan-democratic legislators say.Monday, 13 January, 2014, 5:41pm 6 comments
The front-running candidate in Australia's election, Tony Abbott, would pay Indonesians for unseaworthy boats to stop them from ending up with people-smugglers, as part of a plan unveiled yesterday.24 Aug 2013 - 4:37am
The death toll after a boat carrying some 200 asylum-seekers bound for Australia capsized has risen to 15, rescuers said on Friday, adding they did not know if any passengers were still missing.26 Jul 2013 - 11:25am
Australian immigration minister Tony Burke yesterday described as horrific explosive claims that asylum seekers at one of its processing camps in Papua New Guinea are being raped and tortured.25 Jul 2013 - 1:39am 1 comment
Australian Immigration Minister Tony Burke on Wednesday described as “horrific” explosive claims that asylum-seekers at one of its processing camps in Papua New Guinea are being raped and tortured.24 Jul 2013 - 12:34pm
Asylum seekers aboard an ill-fated Australia-bound vessel that sank in Indonesian waters swam for their lives in pitch darkness in an incident that left at least seven dead and dozens missing.25 Jul 2013 - 3:16am 1 comment
A boat carrying around 150 asylum seekers capsized in the Indian Ocean, spilling men, women and infants into rough waters and killing four people, Australian officials said on Wednesday.
The boat rolled over Tuesday in choppy seas 125km north of Christmas Island, Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare told reporters. The Australian island is 500km south of Jakarta, Indonesia.17 Jul 2013 - 4:07pm
The number of torture claimants and asylum seekers granted waivers of non-emergency medical fees by the Hospital Authority has soared threefold in the past four financial years to at least HK$40.8 million.13 Jun 2013 - 5:05am
Ailing asylum seekers and torture claimants still appealing against their unsuccessful applications to remain in the city say they are turning to hospital emergency services because they cannot get a waiver of their medical fees.13 Jun 2013 - 5:05am
Unfortunately, Victor Fung Keung, in his article "Blame the British colonial legacy for Hong Kong's racial intolerance" (June 4), fails to elaborate his argument adequately enough to prove the link between colonial rule and high levels of racial intolerance in Hong Kong.10 Jun 2013 - 3:35am 1 comment
The boy's 34-year-old father, who comes from Sri Lanka, says he is a torture victim and that the boy and his Indonesian mother are in the process of seeking refugee status.9 Jun 2013 - 8:26am
Twelve Bangladeshi asylum seekers are enduring "unliveable conditions" in Ping Che that should shock the government into doing more for a community excluded from society, local human rights activists say.19 May 2013 - 4:45pm 3 comments
An Indonesian court jailed an Australian and a Pakistani for six years each after the men were caught organising an asylum-seeker boat to Australia, their lawyer said on Wednesday.
Ali Qaseem, a 57-year-old from Sydney described by prosecutors as part of an “international people-smuggling network”, and Pakistani Sadaat Ali were also fined 500 million rupiah (HK$400,000) each.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
Banging African drums and chanting words such as "justice", hundreds of asylum seekers and torture claimants marched from Central to Immigration Tower in Wan Chai yesterday to protest over what they say is the government's failed screening process.29 Apr 2013 - 12:15pm 1 comment
Asylum seekers have been recruited by drug gangs to sell cocaine in Central's upmarket nightclub district, police say.
And they are even offering punters a free "line" of the drug that sells for HK$1,500 a gram to prove the quality of their product.7 Apr 2013 - 8:25am