The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) feels “these people should be accorded access to a thorough and careful examination of their claims in a fair and complete asylum procedure,” said UN spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva at a press briefing in New York.The agency also acknowledged that the situation involves “mixed questions” of international law, Mr. de Almeida e Silva said. He added that UNHCR has been urging the Governments of Australia, Norway and Indonesia to address the issues on a trilateral basis as soon as possible.”UNHCR remains ready and available to assist the three countries in their common humanitarian endeavour to find solutions to the situation at hand,” the spokesman said.
“Management and doormen should always using their discretion in venues rather than upholding a blanket ban on Christmas jumpers,” he said. Mr Everett said he had been turned away from one bar in Bradford because he had been wearing a Christmas jumper alongside his wife. “It is very annoying when it happens”, he added. Alan Miller, the chairman of the Night Time Industries Association, said that is was the prerogative of any premises to decide who can leave or enter.“They are the ones who the responsibility falls on,” he said. “If they think certain types of people wearing certain types of things will be bad for business then it is up to them. We support premises making that type of decision.”Save the Children, which promotes an annual Christmas Jumper Day to raise money, said it was not aware of widespread problems but admitted some pubs and clubs had banned Christmas jumpers. Managers have said those wearing Christmas jumpers “ruin” the night for other partiesCredit: Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph The Record Cafe in Bradford upholds a similar rule, preventing customers from wearing Christmas jumpers to the bar in the evenings.Keith Wildman, owner of the bar, said he banned Christmas jumpers as they were often worn by “lads who go out to get smashed in as many bars as possible”. He added that the ban acted as a warning to groups he thought would not want to go to the bar anyway. “It is about preserving the atmosphere. They upset the staff, they upset the customers,” he said. “The jumpers were mildly funny six years ago but now they are not.” We don’t want 15 lads all dressed in Christmas jumpers making a beeline for the bar and making life difficult for othersAlan Murphy One trade group has defended the decision, claiming establishments should be able to stop anyone they want to from entering bars and restaurantsCredit:Eddie MulhollandSource: Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph Meanwhile, agency door staff in York allegedly turned away customers from the Biltmore Bar and Grill on the same grounds. The bar apologised the next day on Facebook and insisted it was not its policy.It comes after Job Centre staff in Manchester and drivers at Lothian Buses in Edinburgh were also banned from wearing Christmas jumpers amid fears they may look unprofessional. A member of door staff who works in Torquay told The Sunday Telegraph that those wearing Christmas jumpers were increasingly being treated the same groups in fancy dress, including morph suits, and stag dos.The worker, who wanted to remain anonymous, said people were often stopped from coming in in case they misbehaved or “act laddy”, for example, shouting and swearing in the bar. Mark Everett, the founder of UK-based company Cheesy Christmas Jumpers, said banning the items did not make sense. Trade groups defended the right of any establishment to prevent anyone they want to from entering bars and restaurants.Premises in Hull, Bradford and York have been pulled up on the issue on social media, with customers complaining they have been treated similarly to those wearing over-the-top fancy dress costumes.Alan Murphy, who runs three establishments in Hull, put a sign in one of his pub’s windows to alert customers that festive jumpers would not be allowed after 8pm.Mr Murphy described the ban as being the same as some upmarket restaurants not allowing sportswear. “We don’t want 15 lads all dressed in Christmas jumpers making a beeline for the bar and making life difficult for others,” he said. “There are much larger pubs, which can hold 400 to 500, who are happy to allow large groups in.” Every Christmas needs its Scrooge and, this year, bar and restaurant owners have been accused of “bah humbug” and miserly behaviour after banning Christmas jumpers.Across the country, people wearing festive woolly knitwear have been stopped from going into places of entertainment amid fears the garments signal that they might have been enjoying a little too much Christmas spirit.Managers say that those wearing Christmas jumpers often “ruin” the night for other parties by being boisterous or loud. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.