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Call to stop demonising selected groups in society

HONG KONG (SE): A study carried out by the Department of Cultural Studies at the Lingnan University in Fu Tei shows that some reporting on refugees or asylum seekers in Hong Kong is highly biased.
 
A forum organised by the university and the Justice and Peace Commission held at the Living Faith Society Limited in Talentum Bookshop in Yau Ma Tei on August 6 urged people to view reports on refugees or asylum seekers with caution.
 

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Spreading the word on torture claimants

HONG KONG (SE): The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Central Council Hong Kong organised a visit for around 100 people to the residences of torture claimants and asylum seekers in Hong Kong on June 25 in order to promote a greater knowledge and better understanding of their real situation and plight.

The event was part of a campaign to support asylum seekers and torture claimants in Hong Kong and was organised by the ad hoc committee of the Jubilee of Mercy and the St. Vincent de Paul.

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Stop asylum seeker bashing

World Refugee Day was marked this year on June 20 as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced that for the first time in history the number of displaced people in the world exceeded 60 million.

Although only a handful are seeking protection in Hong Kong, they are a long way from finding an open-hearted welcome or home to begin a new life and instead are facing a new round of refugee-bashing with regular reports in the media about fake refugees.








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When is a diplomat not meddling in internal affairs?

HONG KONG (SE): When a consul general to Hong Kong from the United States of America or Britain makes a comment about social or political issues in the special administrative region, they are usually told to butt out and stop interfering in the internal affairs of an independent territory.

However, it seems that it may vary, depending on what is said and who wants to hear it.

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Churches buck the screws on refugees

CANBERRA (SE): Churches in Australia are offering to test the common law principle of sanctuary after the High Court in Canberra ruled that it was lawful for the government to return some 270 asylum seekers, including almost 40 children, to offshore detention camps in Nauru and on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.

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New global pact needed to deal with today’s refugee crisis

Great as the gesture of Pope Francis is to mobilise parishes in Europe to accommodate the influx of tens of thousands of asylum seekers from the Middle East (they call them migrants), the problem is more complex than offering immediate support to needy people.

The pope knows that. He’s said so many times.