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  1. Work remains to honour the world's bill of rights

    Posted Dec 10th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Sixty years ago today, the United Nations made history when its then 58 member states adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It came about as the world recoiled in horror from ... advanced nations have undermined fundamental rights in their prosecutions in the so-called war on terror; developing countries routinely trample on the rights of individuals in the name ...

  2. Panel vows to push for action on race discrimination bill

    Posted Feb 25th 2008, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... before the government broached the issue again. Law Yuk-kai, director of the Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor and a delegation member, said depending on the gravity of the situation, the UN ... on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, which has been criticised by rights groups as long overdue. The government would consider amending a clause to make it clear that the bill, when ...

  3. Torture under scrutiny

    Posted Nov 01st 2008, 12:00am by Jerome Cohen

    ... Jerome Cohen As we mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it is important to note that the administration of justice in China is increasingly being exposed ... and performance of law enforcement personnel. China's written submissions claim that CAT's demands have been met by legislation prohibiting torture. Yet, as Human Rights in China, an NGO, ...

  4. Screening of torture claims put to the test

    Posted Apr 29th 2008, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... Nick Gentle A challenge to Hong Kong's system of screening torture claims by people claiming asylum will begin in the High Court today. Human rights lawyer Mark Daly said the judicial review, focusing on six cases, would highlight several flaws in the government's approach. 'This case will investigate the fairness of the system they have set up,' Mr Daly said. ...

  5. UN presses city over racism bill

    Posted Mar 13th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Albert Wong The clock is ticking for the government to account for its controversial Race Discrimination Bill and make revisions to any inadequacies, after the United Nations set a deadline for the administration to deliver its report. In a letter sent la ...

  6. Reform and ritual

    Posted May 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Fabio Scarpello

    ... of Action on human rights. At an international level, Indonesia is a party to all the main human rights instruments, but Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International say Indonesia has failed ... with parliamentarians and presidential candidates. Two other areas where Indonesia has made good but incomplete progress are reform of the armed forces (TNI) and human rights. Army reforms have included ...

  7. Written out of history

    Posted Dec 09th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of available information about international human rights instruments on the mainland is one important reason why they remain distant concepts. But there is another, according to HKU's Professor ... Beijing's attitude to human rights means a Chinese diplomat's key role in the UN's most important declaration on the topic has been forgotten, writes N.Jayaram Forty-eight ...

  8. Cause for celebration

    Posted Jul 30th 2008, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... rights of individuals, such as journalists and lawyers, have been violated. The courts, too, have been used as an instrument of repression in sensitive political cases. The issue of human rights ... of treaties on human rights- including, most recently, one on the right of disabled people. It has also issued white papers on such issues as defence, and arms control and disarmament. ...

  9. Cut in tobacco tax would be death warrant for young people

    Posted Jan 29th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... on Tobacco Control, which mandates signatories increase tobacco taxes forthwith and regularly. Ratified signatories must acknowledge FCTC is grounded in fundamental human rights. Guidelines should ... is not acceptable. This duty of care to protect against this epidemic is implicit in the right to life recognised by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the fundamental right of all persons to enjoy ...

  10. Funds crunch for group behind July 1 protest

    Posted May 11th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Yau Chui-yan Civil Human Rights Front may fold The group that plays a key role in organising the July 1 protest march is in danger of folding. The Civil Human Rights Front has struggled ... the money will be swallowed up funding this year's march. The theme for this year is 'One dream, one human right'- a play on the 2008 Beijing Olympics slogan. 'The money will go ...




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