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  1. Prisoners petition to make calls legal right

    Posted Jan 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Simpson Cheung simpson.cheung@scmp.com About 30 prisoners have signed a petition urging lawmakers to grant them the legal right to make telephone calls home. This comes after talks between a human rights group and the Correctional Services Department over granting an increase in the number of such calls broke down last month. Inmates can only make calls of 10 minutes every three ...

  2. 'Legal aid increases success rate'

    Posted Dec 27th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... full representation and advisory services to people filling in asylum applications to the UNHCR. 'We screen the case first, then decide whether to provide legal assistance or not,' Mr ... law firms that volunteer their services free of charge. About 100 lawyers and 15 interpreters are trained to provide legal assistance. ...

  3. Hong Kong needs legal clarity on assisted suicide

    Posted Feb 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the suicide of a victim under the age of 18, a prosecution is likely. Although more than 40 assisted suicide cases have been referred to the Crown Prosecution Service since the guidelines came out, ...

  4. Legal fight that divides us

    Posted Oct 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... but they were already given wage protection and a stable life in Hong Kong, so they should not get permanent residency. Supporters of domestic helpers say the maids perform vital services to society ... interpretation of 'ordinarily resident', she argued. Yet this raises the question of what legal grounds the government would have to seek an interpretation from the National People's ...

  5. Charities multiply in a legal vacuum

    Posted Oct 04th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... activities. Now authorities are to propose more guidance for them, while legal scholars and lawyers are suggesting a thorough overhaul of laws. The Independent Commission Against Corruption ... a school in Yau Tong and a drug rehabilitation centre on Lantau Island. Pegasus Social Service Christian Organisation- sponsoring body of the Pegasus Philip Wong Kin Hang Christian Primary School ...

  6. Legal aid pilot plan for torture claimants

    Posted Sep 24th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Phyllis Tsang and Joshua But Asylum seekers who claim they risk torture if sent home will receive legal assistance under a 12-month pilot scheme as part of a new screening mechanism, the Security Bureau said in a paper submitted to the Legislative Council. It said it had been negotiating the provision of legal aid to torture claimants with the duty lawyer service. The bureau told ...

  7. City's first free legal advice centre set to open

    Posted Jun 05th 2006, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... Polly Hui The city's first free legal advice centre will be up and running in three months. The new service will offer help to people unable to afford legal advice, like those who ... coincided with calls by veteran lawyers for the government to offer incentives for firms to set up neighbourhood or district-based legal services for the poor. Philip Dykes SC, chairman of the Bar ...

  8. Refugees need legal framework, says advocate

    Posted Dec 27th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... said that in Europe and America, asylum seekers were given legal aid, while in Britain, NGOs provided such services. Denial of legal aid was one of the grounds on which the Court of First ... Phyllis Tsang Rights expert argues the government must treat asylum seekers fairly A prominent world expert on refugee rights has condemned the city's lack of a legal framework ...

  9. Legal aid for harbour fight

    Posted Apr 04th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... harbour reclamation. The government has a very unfair advantage over Ms Loh's unselfish crusade to save our harbour. Hence it is important that groups that offer their service in the public interest, such as protecting the harbour, should be funded to oppose the government. Ms Loh has done a wonderful job and she must be supported by the government, for example with legal aid, to help ...

  10. Social workers may test system's legality

    Posted Sep 05th 2007, 12:00am by Colleen Lee

    ... investigate if the funding cuts were legal. Mr Cheung expected services at centres for the elderly, children's and youth centres, community centres and schools would be most affected ... leave this afternoon and march from Edinburgh Place in Central to government headquarters. 'We are seeking legal advice. Our members will be willing to pay if we have a chance to win ...




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