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  1. News - Hong Kong - Letters of the Law

    When it comes to autism, Hong Kong's laws are decades behind

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 04:05am by SIMON NG

    ... Grandin, a noted US animal science professor with autism, once said: "You have got to keep autistic children engaged with the world. You cannot let them tune out." Unfortunately, many ... the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It requires that we treat every person with a disability as a full member of society, capable of holding rights and taking part ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1467274/when-it-comes-autism-hong-kongs-laws-are-decades-behind
  2. News - China - HUMAN RIGHTS

    Heilongjiang police accuse four rights lawyers of 'disturbing order' after detention and alleged beating

    Posted Apr 01st 2014, 01:20pm by Verna Yu

    ... to shoot him in the head.  The authorities rejected his request for an examination of his injuries, then refused to give him water and food, he wrote. Fellow human rights lawyer Liang Xiaojun, who ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1462376/heilongjiang-police-accuse-four-rights-lawyers-disturbing-order-after
  3. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, April 6, 2014

    Posted Apr 06th 2014, 03:55am by LETTERS

    ... readily consider having bigger families. The government needs to focus on halting the low-birth rate as a priority- right now. Linus Wong, Fanling   Housing needs must outweigh sentimentality ... good and evil will always be there. However, if we believe that the fundamental value of "Trust in each other" is right, then we must start working towards that now- and then good can ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1465611/letters-editor-april-6-2014
  4. News - China - LAW

    Harassment of rights lawyers rising, say attorneys

    Posted Apr 01st 2014, 03:11am by Verna Yu

    ... Verna Yu verna.yu@scmp.com Attorneys say detention of colleagues in Heilongjiang a landmark case of abuse 'Harassment of rights lawyers rising' Human rights lawyers ... centre in Heilongjiang province in support of the men, further stoking fears that rights activists face greater hostility from the police and the authorities on the mainland. The four lawyers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1461954/harassment-rights-lawyers-rising-say-attorneys
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Rights abuses take gloss off smiling Michelle Obama’s trip to China

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 07:03pm by Chang Ping

    ... Chang Ping Chang Ping laments Michelle Obama's moderate defence of freedoms after death of activist Rights abuses take the gloss off smiling first lady's educational trip ... Hillary Rodham Clinton angered the Chinese government by delivering a speech titled "Women's rights are human rights", as part of the UN's Fourth Conference on Women ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1461709/rights-abuses-take-gloss-smiling-michelle-obamas-trip-china
  6. News - China

    Hundreds protest at district government in Beijing for school rights

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 12:56pm by Zhang Hong

    ... Zhang Hong hong.zhang@scmp.com Hundreds of angry property owners staged a rare protest outside a district government office in a suburb of the Chinese capital on Monday, demanding official investigations and intervention into a school that was promised to ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1461628/hundreds-protest-district-government-beijing-school-rights
  7. News - Hong Kong - ANIMAL WELFARE

    Give your pets dried food despite discovery of cancer toxins, vets say

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 12:11pm by Amy Nip and Johnny Tam

    ... food over cancer tests, say vets Many pet owners have long had mixed feelings about the dried food consumed by their animals, with some finding it difficult to accept veterinarians’ insistence that the apparently unappetising lumps provide the ideal balanced diet for their beloved animals. Revelations this week – after Consumer Council tests revealed a cancer-causing ingredient in seven types ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1483696/dried-food-should-still-be-main-part-pets-diet-say-vets-despite
  8. News - Hong Kong - IN THE SPOTLIGHT

    Hong Kong must stop looking the other way about gay rights

    Posted Mar 30th 2014, 05:14am by TIFFANY AP

    ... take a tragedy to get the city talking about the subject It's time to stop looking the other way about gay rights What do singer Denise Ho Wan-sze, lawmaker Raymond Chan Chi-chuen ... The controversy has highlighted a reticence by the Hong Kong government to act over gay rights. In November 2012, the Legislative Council voted down a motion to consult the public over whether gay-rights ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1460626/hong-kong-must-stop-looking-other-way-about-gay-rights
  9. News - World - FRANCE

    Far right National Front party poised for electoral breakthrough in France

    Posted Mar 30th 2014, 08:47pm by Agence France-Presse in Paris

    ... Agence France-Presse in Paris France's Socialist government faces voters wrath in local elections that see the far right gain control of key towns France on Sunday held a second round of voting in local elections that are set to result in a breakthrough by the far right and trigger a reshuffle of the beleaguered Socialist government. With his party facing a drubbing in the first ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1461131/far-right-national-front-party-poised-electoral-breakthrough-france
  10. News - Hong Kong - CONSUMER AFFAIRS

    Cancer-causing toxin found in Hong Kong pet food sparks alarm

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 01:44pm by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com Consumer Council calls for regulations on animal food after it finds carcinogen and other contaminants in one-fifth of products tested Cancer-causing toxin in pet ... pet-keeping households about the lack of laws regulating animal-food safety. The council's recent tests on 39 dry pet products- 20 dog foods and 19 cat foods- showed the amounts of aflatoxin B1 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1482845/carcinogen-found-hong-kong-pet-food-consumer-council

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