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Give asylum-seekers the right to work

Jul 8th, 2018 | Media | Comment

SCMP - Give refugees right to work - 8Jul2018

Rights lawyers slam proposal to tighten asylum procedures

Jul 8th, 2018 | Media | Comment

SCMP - Rights lawyers slam USM - 7Jul2018

June Round-Up at Refugee Union

Jul 7th, 2018 | Advocacy | Comment

World Refugee Day is celebrated every year on June 20th. This year, Refugee Union commemorated the day with the reminder that every day is World Refugee Day, and that refugees are people too.

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Adella Namagembe, chairperson of Refugee Union, shakes hands with a Social Welfare Department official on World Refugee Day after delivering a petition on behalf of Refugee Union.

Petition to Social Welfare Department

Members of Refugee Union delivered a petition to the Social Welfare Department in Wan Chai. The Department is in charge of supplies, such as food cards for Park n’ Shop, money to pay flat rent to landlords, Octopus cards for travel, and sanitary products for hygiene, which asylum seekers pick up each month. Because asylum seekers are not allowed to work while waiting for their refugee status claims to be processed by Hong Kong government, they must rely on these limited supplies to care for themselves and their families each month. Asylum seekers wait for years for their claims to be processed. The supply allotment is incredibly low in relation to the high cost of living in Hong Kong (for ex., one roll of toilet paper for each refugee, per month). Refugee Union called for supply allotments to be increased to reflect the reality of living in an expensive city like Hong Kong. We hope to receive a positive response from the Head Office, and that our struggle is not in vain.

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Good laughs, drinks, and conversation at Drink for Justice – June !

Drink for Justice (DFJ)

“This month DFJ celebrated World Refugee Day with an exclusive and exciting lineup of local and international talents, arranged to delight us with comedy, music, dance, and the fine art of mixing drinks. At Employees Only Hong Kong, DFJ and Uncensored Cabaret joined forces to host a night of fine tunes, special cocktails and an epic open mic program!” Learn more at the DFJ event page.

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Making Egyptian stuffed zucchini (kousa mahshi كوسة محشي) at Bite Unite!

Celebrating the Food and Recipes of Hong Kong’s Refugee Community

On June 23rd, Refugee Union joined forces with Table of Two Cities, Taste of Hope HK, Art Women, and Bite Unite to celebrate World Refugee Day. The event showcased the food and recipes of Hong Kong’s refugee community, with refugee-directed cooking demos of food from Sri Lanka, Togo, and Egypt. The greater Hong Kong community was invited to learn more about refugees’ experiences in Hong Kong through food, collaborative art, and conversation. The event was covered by Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP), and you can read the HKFP article here.

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Thanks Ms. Lisa Pang and team for your visit to Refugee Union!

Donations

Thank you Hong Kong community, for donations of shoes, sanitary products, and more this month. We also would like to express our gratitude to Ms. Lisa Pang, a donation coordinator whose team visited Refugee Union last week to connect through food and conversation.

Donation Requests

Refugees request donations of laptops (clean, used in good condition), rice cookers (clean, used in good condition), diapers (new), and summer clothing (clean, used in good condition). We thank you again for your consideration!

Interested in volunteering or learning more about Refugee Union? Connect with us by email, info@refugeeunion.org or through our Facebook page.

 

 

 

Egyptian couple went on hunger strike at Hong Kong immigrant detention centre after alleged abuse

Jun 25th, 2018 | Media | Comment

SCMP - Egyptian couple hunger strike - 24Jun2018

Petition to Social Welfare Department (Chinese)

Jun 23rd, 2018 | Advocacy, Food, Health, Housing, Welfare | Comment

RU letter to SWD - 2Jun2018

Petition to Social Welfare Department

Jun 23rd, 2018 | Advocacy, Food, Housing | Comment

RU petition to SWD - 20Jun2018 - 1

Drink For Justice 8 – 19 June

Jun 15th, 2018 | RU updates, programs, events | Comment

Make new friends,
build support networks and
promote genuine solidarity, 
one drink at a time.

This month we celebrate World Refugee Day by going the extra mile. An exclusive and exciting lineup of local and international talent will shine a spotlight on comedy, music, dance and the art of mixing drinks. Join us at iconic Employees Only for a night of fine tunes, special cocktails and an epic open mic program! Be brave, speak up!

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May Round-Up at Refugee Union

Jun 13th, 2018 | Advocacy | Comment

May was a productive month at Refugee Union. From the members’ monthly meeting, to knitting classes, to the monthly fundraiser, Drink for Justice, members and friends of Refugee Union came together in solidarity and to raise awareness of refugee issues in Hong Kong. In addition, members of Refugee Union were invited to the West Island School last week where they connected with students over food and culture. Everyone worked together to prepare and enjoy dishes from Refugee Union members’ home countries. Thank you again to all who came out, donated, and participated in May events, and we look forward to celebrating World Refugee Day (June 20) next week. Every day is World Refugee Day!

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Making beautiful art during English classes with Canadian School students

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Band members and friends of Talents Displaced at the May Drink for Justice event at ACT Africa Coffee and Tea! They had a fantastic performance.

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Connecting through food and culture at West Island School

 

 

Thanks Donors!

May 24th, 2018 | Advocacy | Comment

On behalf of the families who participate in Cultural Diversity Playgroup, we would like to thank Disposable Soft Goods (DSG) LTD for their donation of Pet Pet baby diapers to Refugee Union families. Because the official monthly supply of diapers given to refugees and asylum seekers is woefully inadequate, this donation will enable families to maintain hygiene and take good care of their babies! 

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Refugee Union Cultural Diversity Playgroup says THANKS to donors for Pet Pet diapers donation!

Refugee Union continues to welcome donations of baby diapers, rice cookers and laptops (used but in good condition is OK) for its members and their families. A big thank you to DSG, and to all donors. We hope to see you at next week’s Drink for Justice event (31 May)!

Alarm at drop in legal aid for Hong Kong judicial review applications

May 13th, 2018 | Legal, Media | Comment

SCMP - drop in legal aid approvals - 13May2018

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