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  1. Time for right-of-abode restrictions to be eased

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

    ... to drastically reduce the number of years required for the right of abode. Two to three years are the international norm. As the mainland prospers, more of its people become highly trained and educated. ... in Taiwan- are expected to benefit from the new rules. Dr Lai has rightly observed that the current system is not only inhumane, but that it violates human rights. The strenuous conditions deter ...

  2. Abode seekers to highlight plight in song

    Posted Jun 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Yau Chui-yan A group of abode seekers, their parents and supporters are planning to hold a singalong tonight as a show of solidarity and to raise funds for a 'right of abode university'. Nine years ago, the National People's Congress Standing Committee ruled that while the Basic Law said the children of permanent residents of Hong Kong had right of abode, they could ...

  3. High court reserves decisions on abode seekers hit by 1999 ruling

    Posted Mar 08th 2008, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... They had appealed against the decision of the Director of Immigration to refuse them right of abode after a 1999 reinterpretation, by the Standing Committee, of the Basic Law's provisions ... the applicants to apply for right of abode, and recommended that the Court of Final Appeal dismiss their claims. Yesterday's hearing was the last chance for those people to submit additional ...

  4. Abode families tell of pressure to cast votes for the DAB

    Posted Sep 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... planned to vote for a Democratic Party candidate in Kowloon East. Lin Tao-cheng, chairman of the Hong Kong Parents' Association for Children's Right of Abode, said he received more than ... Phyllis Tsang Desperate families of abode seekers say they have been pressured to vote for government-friendly candidates by a lobby group supporting the Democratic Alliance ...

  5. Film studies: No fixed abode

    Posted Mar 06th 2008, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... thousand for a commercial space.' Venues are even harder to come by in Hong Kong - so although festival screenings could take place under flyovers (right), in abandoned industrial yards ...

  6. Permit transfer policy proposed

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

    ... residents a year to gain Hong Kong residency, but last year only 33,865 did so. Only 93 a day were granted the permits, of which 12 were mainland-born children holding the right of abode in Hong ... the right of abode be granted to the kids and mothers at the same time,' he said. 'It is based on humanity; there is nothing more important than a mother taking care of her child.' He ...

  7. This lamentable chapter must never be repeated

    Posted Mar 19th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A lamentable chapter in Hong Kong's post-handover history has ended with the Court of Final Appeal's ruling against 14 mainlanders seeking the right of abode in the city. ... the Basic Law. The mini-constitution contains a clause stating that the children of Hong Kong permanent residents have the right of abode. Its wording appears straightforward and the Court of Final ...

  8. Giveaway spurs rush for Macau residency

    Posted May 24th 2008, 12:00am by Fox Yi Hu

    ... for Macau identity cards. Right of abode applications had more than doubled since Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau-wah announced the giveaway on April 22, Identification Bureau head Lai Ieng-kit said ... and September. 'A spike in right of abode applications appeared in late April,' Mr Lai said. 'There are Hongkongers who have married Macau residents applying for right of abode.' He ...

  9. Fears for liberty bubble to the surface

    Posted Apr 30th 2008, 12:00am by Chris Yeung

    ... Chris Yeung Although human rights remain unscathed since the reversion of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty, sceptics and cynics are adamant that people should not take anything ... boiling point. People must be constantly vigilant, they say, against any erosion of civil rights and liberties. If most people have not taken the warning seriously, it is because rights ...

  10. Letters

    Posted Apr 26th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Show Olympic spirit and free jailed activist The Amnesty International Asia-Pacific regional office regretted the decision made by the Chinese authorities to convict human rights defender ... Hu is being punished for exercising his freedom of expression and speaking out on human rights violations in China. This reflects Beijing's lack of respect for freedom of speech. It runs ...




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