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  1. Two freed as hunger strike continues

    Posted Jul 12th 2006, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... Norma Connolly Two hunger-striking asylum seekers from a Tuen Mun detention centre have been freed, as human rights groups and a legislator step up pressure on the government to release ... said. The other asylum seeker released on bail yesterday had been detained for a month. 'I came to Hong Kong for protection but they kept me with the criminals. It's not a detention ...

  2. Judges wary of ruling on life terms

    Posted Feb 17th 2006, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... there is a minimum term,' he said. Mr Coleman said there was no basis to the argument that a mandatory life sentence was a form of indeterminate, arbitrary detention because the sentence was finite- ... of becoming a de facto legislature when considering a challenge on how mandatory life sentences are reviewed, a judge said yesterday. Mr Justice Michael Hartmann made the observation on the final day ...

  3. Australia reviews failed bid for asylum over 'ooga-booga' note

    Posted Jun 04th 2006, 12:00am by Billy Adams

    ... apprehension of bias,' said the judge. The case is the latest in a long line of gaffes to have embroiled the immigration system in Australia, where the government's tough detention policies ... for asylum in Australia. A government-appointed body rejected her application, but concerns were raised when a written ruling was delivered with 'ooga-booga' typed next to the heading ...

  4. The Infernal Optimist

    Posted Apr 30th 2006, 12:00am by Alister McMillan

    ... detention centres, The Tyrant's Novel. But she backs herself to illustrate the wrongs of Australia's immigration system with a cheeky career-criminal who can't help cheating on his girlfriend with other detention inmates. Malaysian-born Teo won the Vogel Award for her first novel, Love and Vertigo, about a Chinese family in Singapore, Malaysia and Australia, the country she ...

  5. Six asylum seekers restart hunger strike

    Posted Aug 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... Norma Connolly Six asylum seekers at an immigration detention centre in Tuen Mun have resumed a hunger strike to press their demand for immediate release. The hunger strikers, some of whom ... was receiving medical attention, but their 'health condition will be closely monitored'. There are 120 asylum seekers and torture claimants at the Castle Peak Bay immigration detention centre. ...

  6. Combat violence with counselling

    Posted Dec 13th 2006, 12:00am by Sherry Lee

    ... Sherry Lee Mandatory programme only way to stop abuse: expert An international domestic violence expert yesterday called on the government to start mandatory counselling for abusive spouses, saying it is the only effective way to stop violence in the home. Richard Tolman, social work professor at the University of Michigan, said court-ordered mandatory counselling had been ...

  7. Inmates serving life terms 'can't expect clemency'

    Posted Mar 25th 2006, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... Nick Gentle The Court of First Instance has rejected a challenge to the constitutionality of how the city administers the sentences of murderers handed mandatory life terms. Mr Justice ... punishment and protecting the public, have been satisfied. Tong received a mandatory life sentence in September 1993 after a jury found him guilty of murdering Wong Hau-ching, 34. It found Tong- ...

  8. Mandatory use-by date being considered for food

    Posted Jan 28th 2006, 12:00am by Paul Tsang

    ... Helen Wu and Paul Tsang The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department is considering making it mandatory to display a use-by date on all foods. At present the rules vary for different types of food, with some perishable products requiring a use-by or expiry date while a best-before date is acceptable on others. A senior official revealed the plan yesterday amid calls ...

  9. Study on mandatory CCTVs for trucks

    Posted Dec 17th 2006, 12:00am by Felix Chan

    ... Felix Chan The government is taking the first steps to making closed-circuit television cameras on trucks mandatory to help prevent accidents while reversing, a transport official says. ... it said there were no plans to make CCTVs on trucks mandatory. 'If we want to legislate, we will need to lay out clearly the details such as our demands, how the vehicle owners can meet ...

  10. No plan for mandatory CCTV on trucks

    Posted Dec 04th 2006, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam The government has no plans to make the installation of closed-circuit television cameras on trucks mandatory to help prevent accidents while reversing, the transport chief says. ... vehicles since September prompted calls for legislation to make CCTV mandatory. On September 1, a father and his baby daughter were killed by a reversing truck in Mid-Levels. Three weeks later, ...




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