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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China's economic power buys British silence on human rights

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 04:00pm by JONATHAN SULLIVAN

    ... for their negotiating partners. On this occasion, it was Britain's public commitment to human rights and its moral duty to Hong Kong that fell by the wayside. The dilemma is familiar and banal. The UK ... Clegg said that "we remain deeply concerned about the very large scale of abuse of human rights that still occur". But if his was the voice of the coalition's conscience, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1538926/chinas-economic-power-buys-british-silence-human-rights
  2. Comment - Letters

    Bill a gross violation of human rights for transgender people

    Posted Apr 28th 2014, 04:03am by LETTERS

    ... Bill a gross violation of human rights for transgender people The Legislative Council's public hearing on the Marriage (Amendment) Bill was a clear indictment of Hong Kong's ... to forced sterilisation. This is an affront to international human rights norms. The UN special rapporteur on torture stated clearly that "the involuntary sterilisation requirement clearly runs ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1498659/bill-gross-violation-human-rights-transgender-people
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China-UK human rights dialogue builds bridges to understanding

    Posted Apr 22nd 2014, 10:46pm by TIM COLLARD

    ... rights China cancelled the April 16 session of the bilateral human rights dialogue with Britain, accusing the UK of making irresponsible comments and of interference in its internal affairs. Let ... with China by breaking ranks. In any case, the West could see that no useful purpose was served by simply denouncing China's human rights practices from a long distance. So an agreement ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1494431/china-uk-human-rights-dialogue-builds-bridges-understanding
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong must be vigilant on human trafficking

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 03:03am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Keep up the war on trafficking Trafficking of people for the sex trade or forced labour is a serious violation of human rights that attracts heavy penalties under Hong ... helpers. Human rights advocates say existing laws tend to focus on prostitution rather than forced labour. The fact that most employers behave decently is no excuse to give a free pass ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1543239/hong-kong-must-maintain-vigilance-against-human-trafficking
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Deeds, not words, on human rights give China moral authority in today's world

    Posted Jul 18th 2013, 01:13pm by David Schlesinger

    ... values expressed in its constitution into concrete actions upholding human rights, writes David Schlesinger. “Seeking common ground while preserving differences”, as  Xiaoyu Pu sums it up , is a marvelous slogan for achieving diplomatic gains, until it becomes code for simply telling others to mind their own business – and too often in the field of human rights, almost all governments ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1285316/deeds-not-words-human-rights-give-china-moral-authority
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    New drug law needs to respect rights

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 05:07am by SCMP Editorial

    ... a test has aroused strong opposition, particularly from lawyers, social workers and human-rights groups, over rights and privacy issues. Another concern was that it might make addicts more ... SCMP Editorial Heed rights in new drug law Any law that detects drug users and steers them into counselling without fear of prosecution has to be welcomed. Early identification to enhance ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1549928/new-drug-law-needs-respect-rights
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Change for better, or worse? Clearing up confusion over marriage bill rights

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 02:27pm by YORK CHOW

    ... on the issue. The commission's position on human rights concerns with the bill was well stated in our submission to the committee. Our point of contention is not about sex reassignment ... into law a provision that probably violates the human rights of transsexuals. Full sex reassignment surgery results in sterilisation. In May, the United Nations urged governments to "ensure ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1543525/change-better-or-worse-clearing-confusion-over-marriage-bill-rights
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Beijing needs to catch up on promoting human rights

    Posted Nov 02nd 2013, 12:34am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial On rights, Beijing still catching up China's commitment to human rights is arguably no different from other nations', at least in writing. In its recent report to the United Nations Human Rights Council, it renewed pledges to respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, establish a robust system of safeguards and maintain dialogue with foreign countries. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1345630/beijing-needs-catch-promoting-human-rights
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Politics stalls Vietnam's march towards human rights reforms

    Posted Sep 11th 2013, 12:00am by JONATHAN LONDON

    ... Jonathan London Jonathan London says crackdown on dissent a sign Hanoi is unfit to join human rights council Mired in the past, elite impede Vietnam's reform Recent developments ... outlets for Vietnam's exports. Obama's insistence that a comprehensive partnership would be contingent on significant improvements in Hanoi's human rights record elicited ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1307812/politics-stalls-vietnams-march-towards-human-rights-reforms
  10. Comment - Letters

    Hong Kong must change human rights focus

    Posted Nov 21st 2012, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... LGBT citizens denied basic rights accepted in other societies The rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) people are human rights. Unfortunately, most of us do not understand what is meant by human rights. In Hong Kong, attempts have been made to draw a protective baseline to secure the rights of citizens who may feel marginalised and vulnerable, including ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1087038/hong-kong-must-change-human-rights-focus

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