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  1. Our chaotic smoke-free law is a feeble and ineffective instrument

    Posted May 31st 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in Hong Kong ('Time for Beijing to get tough on smoking', May 28). Our new legislation is a feeble and ineffective instrument in comparison to what we might reasonably expect in terms ... predictions of benefits to the hospitality industry were absolutely right. This shows that the totally contrived consultancy analysis for the Catering Industry Association in 2001- promoted ...

  2. Manila finds unlikely human rights champion

    Posted Jul 14th 2007, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... seen and rarely heard, and then only in their written decisions. As human rights lawyer Theodore Te put it: 'The Supreme Court has always been perceived to be the weakest of the three ... to dictatorial rule. Article 8, section 5 of the constitution gave the judiciary the power 'to promulgate rules concerning the protection and enforcement of human rights'. It had lain unused ...

  3. Are Women Human?

    Posted Aug 05th 2007, 12:00am by Antonella Gambotto-burke

    ... likely to be property than to own any.' Becoming human in both the legal and lived senses, MacKinnon argues, is a social, legal, and political process, and our understanding of human rights precludes legal equality for women. 'A simple double standard is at work here. What fundamentally distinguishes torture, understood in human rights terms, from the events these women have ...

  4. Legal experts have every right to comment on political reform

    Posted Oct 30th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... not contravene the ICCPR as applied to Hong Kong. The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is the authoritative elected body which was set up to monitor compliance with the ICCPR by states which ratify it. ... to the Legislative Council does not comply with the ICCPR and that the reservation on which the government seeks to rely no longer applies. Legal experts in the field of human rights law and in particular, ...

  5. Dissent on indigenous rights is disappointing

    Posted Sep 15th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... voices on human rights. The sweeping document recognises the right to self determination, in terms of politics and culture, for the world's estimated 370 million indigenous people. Outlying ... still seek, as far as possible, to use it to guide their future policies and laws. Just as the UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights has become the gold standard for governments since its ...

  6. Government insists exemptions to UN rights covenant still apply

    Posted Nov 16th 2007, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... Polly Hui The government has released its response to criticisms by the UN Human Rights Committee about universal and equal suffrage for the Legislative Council, right of abode, media ... and Political Rights. A human rights groups called the report 'the most insincere and carefree' it had seen in more than 10 years. In response to criticisms of the Legislative Council election ...

  7. StanChart helps its clients find harmony in diverse instruments

    Posted May 15th 2007, 12:00am by Chris Davis

    ... instruments,' Ms Huen said. In the past 24 months there has also been a four-fold increase in investment through structured notes. 'As part of a diversified portfolio, clients appreciate ... timely advice that helps clients make the right decisions.' This includes regular contact with relationship managers who help clients readjust their portfolios to suit changing market ...

  8. Human rights body backed but other decisions delayed

    Posted Jul 31st 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode Asean foreign ministers yesterday backed the creation of a human rights body but skirted other tough questions over the future of the grouping. As officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations talked up the importance- to a region plagued by continuing human rights violations- of the decision to launch the new body, they acknowledged that other, tough ...

  9. Human rights on Sino-EU agenda

    Posted Oct 19th 2007, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... Klaudia Lee A Sino-European human rights dialogue has been held in Beijing, just a few days after China cancelled its annual human rights meeting with Germany in retaliation against ... platform on which China is willing to discuss various human rights issues, especially as Sino-US dialogue on this front remains deadlocked. At the meeting, Wu Hailong , director-general ...

  10. China's human rights are everyone's affair

    Posted Oct 30th 2007, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... of influence. It is understandable, therefore, that many Chinese find it offensive when western countries criticise China today on human rights grounds when those nations showed little or no consideration for the human rights of Chinese in the 19th and 20th centuries. And it is also true that the human rights situation has improved greatly since the time of Mao Zedong . Thus, for example, ...




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