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  1. Human rights body backed but other decisions delayed

    Posted Jul 31st 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode Asean foreign ministers yesterday backed the creation of a human rights body but skirted other tough questions over the future of the grouping. As officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations talked up the importance- to a region plagued by continuing human rights violations- of the decision to launch the new body, they acknowledged that other, tough ...

  2. Human rights on Sino-EU agenda

    Posted Oct 19th 2007, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... Klaudia Lee A Sino-European human rights dialogue has been held in Beijing, just a few days after China cancelled its annual human rights meeting with Germany in retaliation against ... platform on which China is willing to discuss various human rights issues, especially as Sino-US dialogue on this front remains deadlocked. At the meeting, Wu Hailong , director-general ...

  3. China's human rights are everyone's affair

    Posted Oct 30th 2007, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... of influence. It is understandable, therefore, that many Chinese find it offensive when western countries criticise China today on human rights grounds when those nations showed little or no consideration for the human rights of Chinese in the 19th and 20th centuries. And it is also true that the human rights situation has improved greatly since the time of Mao Zedong . Thus, for example, ...

  4. The challenge of promoting human rights

    Posted Nov 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Michael Davis Over recent weeks, media coverage in Hong Kong has been laden with the extraordinary implication that it is improper for human rights and democracy activists to seek ... and sometimes a violent crackdown. Yet, where national governments restrain the media at home, support from abroad is the only way to effectively draw attention to important human rights concerns. Those ...

  5. No Olympic glory without human rights, Beijing told

    Posted Aug 08th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... if authorities made no serious efforts to address human rights concerns, dozens of prominent intellectuals said in an open letter yesterday. With a year to go until the Games, 40 liberal scholars, writers, lawyers and activists from the mainland have signed a mildly worded letter entitled 'One World, One Dream and Universal Human Rights'. The letter appeared on an overseas ...

  6. Amnesty 'biases' are essential in helping to protect human rights

    Posted May 16th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to maintain its influence in protecting human rights around the world. He uses examples from the 2006 Amnesty International Report. In one, he says it is confusing that Amnesty should be concerned ... that 'Hong Kong authorities commission[ed] the Society for Truth and Light, a conservative Christian group which opposes gay rights and 'excessive use' of human rights, to educate school ...

  7. The great pretence over human rights

    Posted Dec 04th 2007, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching The Hong Kong government is playing a game of pretend with the UN Human Rights Committee. As a result, the committee will undoubtedly find the administration's latest ... Clearly, the discussion with the Human Rights Committee cannot be fruitful as long as Hong Kong does not have the authority to do what the committee wants it to do. That discussion should take ...

  8. Human rights lawyer says he was tortured

    Posted Oct 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Didi Kirsten Tatlow in Beijing Prominent Beijing human rights lawyer Li Heping says he was abducted outside his law offices by unidentified men at the weekend, driven to a remote spot ... according to Chinese Human Rights Defenders, a mainland-based association of rights groups. Prominent rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who has been missing since September 22, is also believed to have ...

  9. No man can stem the tide of human rights

    Posted May 11th 2007, 12:00am by Jonathan Power

    ... Jonathan Power The era of US President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair will be remembered for one thing 20 years hence- that the world went backwards on human rights after 50 years of steady advance. Yet, in only a few years, momentum will be restored. The foundations for pushing the frontiers of human rights are well laid and we will regard this political ...

  10. Manila finds unlikely human rights champion

    Posted Jul 14th 2007, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... seen and rarely heard, and then only in their written decisions. As human rights lawyer Theodore Te put it: 'The Supreme Court has always been perceived to be the weakest of the three ... to dictatorial rule. Article 8, section 5 of the constitution gave the judiciary the power 'to promulgate rules concerning the protection and enforcement of human rights'. It had lain unused ...




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