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  1. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Reform gets tough on squatters' rights

    Posted Oct 21st 2014, 04:33am by Phila Siu

    ... Phila Siu phila.siu@scmp.com Occupiers may soon have to give land owners two years' notice before laying claim to their property, if legal task force's proposal goes through Reform gets tough on squatters' rights The Law Reform Commission will press on with its recommendation to amend the law on squatters' rights, making it more difficult for people ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1620841/reform-gets-tough-squatters-rights
  2. News - China Insider - LAW

    Winemaker Penfolds in legal battle with 'trademark squatters' over right to use its Chinese name

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 04:03pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... of high-profile trademark disputes involving big international brands.  A Treasury Wine Estates spokesman said it won a Chinese court case granting it the right to use Penfolds' adopted Chinese name ... and that Treasury would continue legal procedures to assert trademark rights over its chosen Chinese name. “This appeal is still pending and it will take time for the Chinese legal system to process ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1554016/winemaker-penfolds-locked-legal-battle-over-right-use-its-chinese
  3. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Rights groups welcome 'overdue' proposals on rape laws

    Posted Sep 18th 2012, 12:00am by Joyce Man, Stuart Lau

    ... Joyce Man and Stuart Lau Rights groups hail report, six years after a court ruled that a law criminalising sex between men under 21 was unconstitutional 'Overdue' rape law proposals welcomed Rape-victim and transgender rights groups welcomed proposals by the Law Reform Commission to change the law on sexual offences, but voiced concerns, particularly over provisions ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1039298/rights-groups-welcome-overdue-proposals-rape-laws
  4. News - China - LAW

    Prominent rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang could face lengthy jail term, defence lawyer fears

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 04:12am by Verna Yu

    ... Verna Yu verna.yu@scmp.com Detained rights lawyer Pu 'faces long jail term' Respected veteran lawyer Zhang Sizhi said yesterday he feared prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang might face a lengthy jail term after Pu said it was likely he would be charged very soon. Pu was placed in criminal detention on May 6 on a charge of "picking quarrels and provoking ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1530425/prominent-rights-lawyer-pu-zhiqiang-could-face-lengthy-jail-term-fellow
  5. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Wedding bells ring for transgender people

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 04:23am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... persons whose gender has been … changed as a result of sex-reassignment surgery". But controversy remains over the legislation. Rights activists say it is inhumane to insist that a person ... on Tuesday and will have to wait until after the summer recess. One transgender rights advocate said yesterday that the delay might be positive as the bill had "lots of holes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1555449/wedding-bells-ring-transgender-people
  6. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Corruption seen as 'socially acceptable': law professor

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 04:15am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... any law is broken is one thing, whether or not to prosecute is another," he said. "Whether to prosecute or not- it takes into account our core values, human rights and many more ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1554971/corruption-seen-socially-acceptable-law-professor
  7. News - China - LAW

    Zhang Sizhi, lawyer for detained journalist, points to legal breach by authorities

    Posted Jul 18th 2014, 04:10am by Verna Yu

    ... Verna Yu verna.yu@scmp.com Zhang Sizhi says officials breached law by failing to notify family of Gao Yu of her formal arrest Famed lawyer voices case fears Veteran mainland rights lawyer Zhang Sizhi, who represents arrested journalist Gao Yu, said yesterday the authorities have breached the law by failing to notify her family of her formal arrest a month and a half ago. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1555911/zhang-sizhi-lawyer-detained-journalist-points-legal-breach-authorities
  8. 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
  9. News - China - LAW

    New tribunal to review environmental lawsuits and offer advice to lower courts

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 04:36am by Li Jing

    ... people's environmental rights and interests … preventing further deterioration of the environment and improving China's international image concerning environmental protection," Sun said. ... a positive... impact on … protecting people's environmental rights Sun Jungong, spokesman, Supreme People's Court In a case in April, the Intermediate People's Court in Lanzhou rejected ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1546086/new-tribunal-review-environmental-lawsuits-and-offer-advice-lower-courts
  10. News - China - LAW

    Lawyers slam draft code to muzzle those who publicise cases online

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 03:16am by Keira Lu Huang, Keith Zhai

    ... the reality and blames lawyers for judicial injustice. In fact, lawyers take advantage of the internet only to protect rights and call for justice.” A Beijing-based lawyer who has reviewed the draft ... lawyers wrote on their Weibo accounts that they should be regulated by laws rather than the association, which should protect lawyers’ rights rather than restrict them,” it said. The proposal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1535260/mainland-china-code-seeks-muzzle-lawyers-who-publicise-cases-through

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