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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China must follow through on pledges to improve notorious petition system

    Posted May 26th 2014, 07:11pm by Jonathan Sullivan and Samantha Hoffman

    ... Jonathan Sullivan and Samantha Hoffman Jonathan Sullivan and Samantha Hoffman say government guidelines set in part to rein in abuses of China's notorious petition system are welcome, ... a benevolent ruler. The political system may have changed but the practice is more popular than ever. There is a sophisticated and long-standing bureaucratic mechanism for processing such petitions: ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - TRAVEL

    US passports, visas face delays worldwide as system crashes

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 03:42am by Lana Lam

    ... Lana Lam lana.lam@scmp.com US passports, visas face delays as system crashes A major computer glitch has crashed the United States' global system for processing passports and visas, ... problem with the processing system was worldwide and "not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category". He would not say how many people might be affected ...

  3. News - China - JUSTICE

    Top judge vows transparency in court system

    Posted Nov 28th 2013, 03:40am by Keith Zhai

    ... transparency in court system The country's chief judge pledged yesterday to increase transparency in the judicial process as 3,000 provincial and lower level courts began to post judgments online. Supreme People's Court President Zhou Qiang announced the move yesterday as part of an experiment to improve the judicial system announced by the Communist Party after the third plenum, ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - REFUGEES

    Refugee-screening system slammed as a confusing 'shambles'

    Posted May 21st 2014, 04:50am by JOANNA CHIU

    ... Joanna Chiu joanna.chiu@scmp.com Protection seeker system 'a shambles' The roll-out of a new system to screen refugees is mired in confusion and a lack of transparency, says ... Refugee Advice Centre. "No one knows how the new system  works and we're so afraid about our futures,"  asylum seeker Ansaari, from Somalia, said. "My first priority ...

  5. News - China - LAW

    Chinese court hands down harsh jail sentences to New Citizen Movement activists

    Posted Jun 19th 2014, 10:34am by Patrick Boehler

    ... crackdown on the New Citizen movement. A court in Jiangxi province yesterday jailed Liu Ping and Wei Zhongping for 6½ years and handed Li Sihua a three-year sentence, according to Li's lawyer. ... street protests, even if their demands appeared consistent with President Xi Jinping's goals of fighting corruption and reforming the judicial system. Dozens of others linked to the movement ...

  6. News - China

    Macau scholars warn of rising censorship, loss of confidence in 'one country, two systems'

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 05:20am by Raquel Carvalho

    ... systems' Scholars lost for words Eric Sautede's last day as a professor at the University of Saint Joseph was July 11. Bill Chou Kwok-ping, a political scientist at the University of Macau, ... systems and the Basic Law without intervening in current government affairs. It's a thin line, difficult to draw, between political commentary and academic [commentary]." Stilwell later ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Genuine will needed for legal reform in China

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 04:16am by SCMP Editorial

    ... People's Court are the fundamentals of a judicial system. Belated as it is, the overhaul is a step in the right direction. This is just part of a long crusade, though. The past decades have seen ... the administration on its toes. However, the Chinese judicial system works in a rather different manner. Heavy control by the state and the Communist Party means judges are nothing more than legal cadres who ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Magistrate rapped for refusing bail request without giving reason

    Posted Jul 19th 2014, 04:02am by JULIE CHU

    ... an unrepresented defendant who was highly powerless to do anything". The judicial system was built on the principle of equal treatment and all parties who were brought before the court should ... Julie Chu julie.chu@scmp.com Eastern Court's Symon Wong, who gave no reason for refusing man's request for time to get a lawyer, 'brought disgrace to judiciary' ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    UK will mobilise global community if China breaches ‘one country, two systems’: Nick Clegg

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 01:42pm by Tony Cheung and Joyce Ng

    ... Tony Cheung and Joyce Ng Britain gives 'pledge' on 1984 treaty Britain will honour its 1984 pledge to "mobilise the international community and pursue every legal and other avenue available" if China breaches the agreement vowing "one country, two systems" for Hong Kong. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was quoted as telling ex-chief Secretary Anson ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - SPORTS

    New booking system for sports facilities to discourage touts

    Posted Mar 13th 2014, 03:15am by Danny Mok

    ... affected by the revised system were the more popular ones including badminton courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, tennis courts, table tennis tables and activity rooms. Those with spare ... at only one venue in a day. At present, a user can book the same type of facility- for example tennis courts at Victoria Park and Shek Kip Mei- at more than one venue per day through ...




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