The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government's new Unified Screening Mechanism (USM) became operational on 3 March 2014 and as a result, UNHCR's office in Hong Kong has ceased its asylum screening procedures. More information is available in this FAQ. The Immigration Department does not yet appear to have a section devoted to protection claims on its English-language site, but it has posted some key documents including the "Notice to Persons Making a Non-Refoulement Claim." See also the new Practice and Procedures materials on the Torture Claims Appeal Board site.
Analysis: Critical Year Ahead for Afghanistan (IRIN, March 2014) [text]
"Asylum Registration in China," Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 46 (March 2014) [full-text]
Can’t Flee, Can’t Stay: Australia's Interception and Return of Sri Lankan Asylum Seekers (Human Rights Law Centre, March 2014) [text]
Lessons from Japan's Triple Disaster: Three Years On (UpFront Blog, March 2014) [text]
Rapid Review of DFID’s Humanitarian Response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (Independent Commission for Aid Impact, March 2014) [text]
"Split Return: Transnational Household Strategies in Afghan Repatriation," International Migration, Early View, 14 March 2014 [open access]
- Regional Focus: Asia (10 March 2014)