Bangladeshi refugees' 'unliveable conditions' appals activists

Bangladeshi refugee Ali endures the refugee compound in Ping Che, in the New Territories, saying the people there are 'treated like animals'. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

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

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

Mali's refugee misery spreads with Islamists' advance

Malian civilians wave as a convoy of French soldiers leaves the capital, Bamako, to battle Islamists in the north. France is providing both air and ground forces. Photo: AFP

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

Fairer refugee processing would benefit Hong Kong

Vision First, a refugee-initiated advocacy group, puts the number of refugees in Hong Kong at 666. Photo: David Wong

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

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

Hong Kong should not turn its back on asylum seekers

Refugees feel frustrated with the UNHCR. Photo: David Wong

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

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

South Korean court grants Chinese woman refugee status

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

Couple recognised for refugee work

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 give a helping hand to refugees

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

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

D-day for ConocoPhillips clean-up in Bohai Sea

31 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Who said it?

ESF teachers work hard and the Continuing Professional Development [training] days ... are not in any sense 'time off'

ESF CEO Heather Du Quesnay on concerns some teachers take advantage of training days

The people in this camp have fled for their lives. They were distraught about the safety of loved ones still in Syria

19 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Film festival to shine a light on refugees' plight

Rwandans confronting the men who killed their families. Myanmese families trying to restart their lives in Britain. Palestinian youths defying Israeli occupation with hip hop. These are stories, and people, that rarely grace cinema screens in Hong Kong.

17 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Mainland star Yao Chen open to new role after visit to Manila refugees

Renowned for her big mouth, mainland actress Yao Chen proved she has a big heart, too, after a recent trip to the Philippines to highlight the plight of urban refugees in Manila.

20 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Join charity walk to help those in need

Students and teachers of West Island School are organising a charity walk to raise funds for people in need in Hong Kong and abroad.

The walk will be held on November 27. Walkers will start from Victoria Peak, then head down through the greenery of the ridge and finish at the school campus in Pok Fu Lam, where there will be a barbeque and a concert at the end of the event.

2 Nov 2009 - 12:00am