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  1. News - Hong Kong - HUMAN RIGHTS

    Negotiations with Libyan put on CIA torture flight in Hong Kong 'stalled'

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 05:21am by Lana Lam

    ... to the Department of Justice to detail their claim for damages. While justice officials had started discussions with Saadi's lawyers, there was "a steadfast refusal to engage ... to ensure the rendition was carried out quickly. The papers also named Madonna Fung from the Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre- a private jet hub at the airport- as an intermediary. A spokesman ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1553006/negotiations-libyan-put-cia-torture-flight-hong-kong-stalled
  2. News - World - HUMAN RIGHTS

    Libyan torture victim seeks to overturn British court ruling

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 10:02pm by Reuters

    ... government departments. But in December, a High Court judge ruled that because of the "act of state doctrine", English courts could not hear the case, as allegations about Belhadj's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1557030/libyan-torture-victim-seeks-overturn-british-court-ruling
  3. News - China - HUMAN RIGHTS

    Jailed pastor's family escapes from China to the US after 'harassment by authorities'

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 01:20pm by AP

    ... Department rang unanswered. A press officer at the Henan police department said he did not have any information about Zhang Huixin and her family. A spokesman for the US embassy in Beijing, Nolan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1555344/jailed-pastors-family-escape-china-us-after-harassment-authorities
  4. News - China - HUMAN RIGHTS

    Tibetan writer placed under house arrest 'over dinner invite from John Kerry's delegation'

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 12:58pm by AP

    ... Department, but Beijing banned her from travelling to Washington to receive the award. At the award ceremony, Kerry praised Tsering Woeser for her courageous writings on Tibetan people ... Tibet,” Kerry said at the time, according to a transcript posted on the State Department’s website. Tsering Woeser said the US embassy had called her while she and Wang were travelling outside ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1550271/tibetan-writer-placed-under-house-arrest-over-dinner-invite-us-official
  5. News - Hong Kong - HUMAN RIGHTS

    British consulate to press Hong Kong on gay marriage after diplomatic backtrack

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 04:31am by Christy Choi

    ... that the city government had "raised an objection" to it solemnising same-sex marriages. But the Hong Kong government's protocol department said on Tuesday that it was up to consulates ... and signed by 177 parties, defines consular relations between participating states. It allows the consulate of a foreign nation to act as a "notary and civil registrar and in capacities ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1530427/british-consulate-press-hong-kong-gay-marriage-after-diplomatic
  6. News - China - HUMAN RIGHTS

    US Congress pokes Beijing with ‘Liu Xiaobo Plaza’ Washington embassy address proposal

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 11:23am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Beijing China may soon have an unhappy address for its embassy in Washington. The House Appropriations Committee has included in its next year State Department budget a proposal to rename the stretch of road in front of the embassy “Liu Xiaobo Plaza”. Liu, a writer, was jailed over his involvement in Tiananmen Square. Later, in 2009, he was slapped with an 11-year sentence ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1540182/chinese-embassy-may-find-itself-1-liu-xiaobo-plaza-us-congress-tables
  7. News - Hong Kong - HUMAN RIGHTS

    US human trafficking report misleading, says Hong Kong

    Posted Jun 22nd 2014, 04:30am by DANNY LEE

    ... Danny Lee danny.lee@scmp.com US trafficking report misleading, says HK Hong Kong has hit back after a US State Department report accused it of not doing enough to tackle human trafficking. ... is worsening," Villanueva said. "With the case of Erwiana … the US State Department report will put more pressure on the government to take some concrete measures in reforming their existing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1538010/us-human-trafficking-report-misleading-says-hong-kong
  8. News - Hong Kong - HUMAN RIGHTS

    Confusion over same-sex unions at consulates

    Posted Jun 11th 2014, 04:00am by Christy Choi

    ... Department said. It added a caveat, saying such functions were "in line with the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and [Hong Kong's] Consular Relations Ordinance". By last night, ... and transgender community and their allies, who asked why missions in supposedly more homophobic places, such as Russia and mainland China, provided the service. The department added that the city ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1529517/confusion-over-gay-unions-consulates
  9. News - China - HUMAN RIGHTS

    Chinese-Australian artist to be deported after detention in Beijing

    Posted Jun 06th 2014, 11:35am

    ... of the anniversary of the crackdown. “Chinese authorities have advised that Mr Guo was detained on a visa-related matter,” Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement. “We understand Mr Guo will be detained for 15 days and then required to depart China,” it said, adding that the Australian government would provide consular help during his detention. The department said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1526527/chinese-australian-artist-be-deported-after-detention-beijing
  10. News - Hong Kong - HUMAN RIGHTS

    Asylum seekers want better screening from Immigration Department

    Posted Apr 28th 2013, 12:00am by JOLIE HO; JOANNA CHIU

    ... look at the map and see if there's a problem like civil war in that country. If not, they will not be accepted," he said. The department was given a greater role in assessing cases ... for the rights of those seeking protection, said the Immigration Department's rate of recognition of claims was effectively zero. "The recognition rate is only 0.02 per cent [of all claimants] ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1224917/asylum-seekers-want-better-screening-immigration-department

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