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Refugees

Do not misrepresent refugees

Files of asylum seekers in UNHCR's office at Jordan. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

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.

Monday, 10 June, 2013, 3:35am 1 comment

13 dead, dozens missing as boat sinks en route to Australia

Australia's Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said aerial surveillance of a debris field of wood and life-jackets had spotted 13 bodies and a full-scale hunt was under way for survivors.

9 Jun 2013 - 11:18am

Repatriation row over nine North Korean refugees captured in Laos

Human rights activists protest outside the foreign ministry in Seoul. Photo: AFP

Human rights monitors and North Korean defector groups voiced anger and concern yesterday over the forced repatriation to Pyongyang of nine young refugees captured in Laos. The case has aroused strong public feeling in South Korea.

31 May 2013 - 2:41am

Refugees and migrants face rising dangers

Refugees from Libya talk to German police officers as they stage a protest in front of the city hall in Hamburg, northern Germany on Wednesday to raise awareness of their current living conditions. Photo: AFP

Amnesty International said on Thursday millions of people who have fled conflict or persecution, and migrants who have left home in search of work, have suffered abuses at the hands of state authorities or employers.

23 May 2013 - 2:54pm

Indonesia jails Australian, Pakistani people smugglers

A group of Pakistani and Afghan asylum seekers arrive aboard an Indonesian police boat in the port of Banten in October. Photo: AFP

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

Crossroads Foundation helps people experience 45 minutes in a refugee's life

At Crossroads Village in Tuen Mun, people experience simulations aimed at conveying extreme conditions endured by refugees worldwide. Photo: Edward Wong

Based at an old army base in Tuen Mun opposite the Gold Coast shopping precinct, non-profit organisation Crossroads simulates the realities of life as a refugee so others can understand their plight. One of the organisation's programmes is the Refugee Run Simulation, which vividly brings alive the dilemmas faced by 43.3 million people who are refugees, sometimes in their own countries.

21 Apr 2013 - 6:28am

Australia urges Malaysia boatpeople swap after tragedy

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Photo: AP

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Tuesday renewed calls for a refugee swap with Malaysia to deter boatpeople after two asylum-seekers drowned in the latest tragedy at sea.

26 Mar 2013 - 3:33pm

Top court says Hong Kong must assess refugee cases independently

UNHCR's office at Jordan. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The screening system is now expected to be rewritten after five judges of the Court of Final Appeal unanimously allowed a challenge by three African men. The government said the ruling would not affect the city's policy of not granting asylum to anyone. Instead, people granted refugee status in Hong Kong are resettled elsewhere.

26 Mar 2013 - 2:04pm

Death toll from Thai refugee camp blaze rises to 36, officials say

Myanmar refugees sit with their belongings as they start to build temporary shelters with bamboo and leaves at the Mae Surin camp in Mae Hong Son province, northern Thailand. Photo: AFP

The fire, which broke out on Friday in Mae Hong Son province, about 900km north of Bangkok, has left more than 2,000 people homeless.

24 Mar 2013 - 6:01pm

32 Myanmar refugees die in fire at Thai camp

At least 32 Myanmar refugees died on Friday in a raging fire at a camp in Thailand, officials said. Mae Hong Son Governor Naramol Palawat said the fire destroyed about 100 thatch huts at the Ban Mae Surin refugee camp. She said the blaze was believed to have been started by a cooking accident. The fire was put out after about two hours, and those who lost their shelters are being temporarily housed in tents, she said.

23 Mar 2013 - 1:08am

32 Myanmar refugees die in fire at Thai camp

At least 32 Myanmar refugees died on Friday in a raging fire at a camp in Thailand, officials said. Mae Hong Son Governor Naramol Palawat said the fire destroyed about 100 thatch huts at the Ban Mae Surin refugee camp. She said the blaze was believed to have been started by a cooking accident. The fire was put out after about two hours, and those who lost their shelters are being temporarily housed in tents, she said.

23 Mar 2013 - 1:08am

Malaysia rescues 136 Myanmar refugees

Malaysian authorities have rescued at least 136 people believed to be ethnic Rohingya Muslims fleeing strife in Myanmar aboard a leaking boat with no food or water, an official said on Monday.

11 Mar 2013 - 3:54pm

Refugees can be sent to persecution under Hong Kong law

Refugees can be sent to persecution under Hong Kong law

The principle of not sending someone to a place where they may be persecuted has never been part of Hong Kong law, the government said yesterday.

8 Mar 2013 - 3:42am

Africans appeal ruling on refugees

Three African men have taken their challenge against Hong Kong's system for vetting refugee claims to the highest court, arguing that the government must assess the applications itself rather than passing the responsibility to the UNHCR.

6 Mar 2013 - 4:32am

Letters to the Editor, March 1, 2013

Model of Xiqu Centre at the arts hub. Photo: Sam Tsang

I read with shock the news that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Hong Kong is axing the HK$500 a month it currently pays out to refugees. How can this be? Is the UNHCR broke?

1 Mar 2013 - 3:32am

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