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.Sunday, 19 May, 2013, 4:45pm 3 comments
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
The city of Segou used to welcome visitors with a sign for its industrial zone, a scheme designed to encourage industry in this impoverished part of northern Mali. But now the town has a new welcome notice.
Someone has scrawled in broken French in huge red letters on the side of a wall on the outskirts of town: "Our soldiers are at war!"17 Jan 2013 - 4:10am
Whether it is stories of refugee children unable to attend school, families unable to pay rent, complaints about the slow processing of asylum-seeker status or the seemingly inadequate government support provided, Hong Kong's refugees often find their way into the media. Refugees are now a permanent feature of our multicultural landscape.3 Jan 2013 - 5:21am 2 comments
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
Unlike other places, where asylum seekers still pose great challenges to society, Hong Kong, thankfully, moved on decades ago from being a haven for Vietnamese fleeing political turmoil. Today, refugees and torture claimants do not make headlines as often as they once did. But that does not mean they no longer warrant our care and attention.7 Dec 2012 - 8:47am 1 comment
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
A South Korean court has granted refugee status to a woman who fled China after helping escapees from North Korea there, saying she could face severe punishment from Beijing if sent back.23 Aug 2012 - 4:12am
As the Australia Day 2012 Honours List is announced in Canberra today, two Hong Kong-based awardees will be on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, helping executives see how it feels to step into the shoes of a refugee.26 Jan 2012 - 12:00am
Films can be more than entertainment, at least for FilmAid which now has a branch in Hong Kong that aims to brighten up refugees' lives by showing them movies and teaching them filmmaking skills.26 Sep 2011 - 12:00am