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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. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Unity needed on cross-border divorce

    Posted Mar 31st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... her Hong Kong husband has custody of. The Guangdong court that approved their divorce gave her visiting rights, but her husband has reneged on the agreement and is preventing her from spending time with her daughter. Because of the inflexibility of immigration regulations and the lack of a mechanism to enforce the mainland ruling, she is being denied her legal rights. Her plight ...

  8. Delegate from HK got earful in the Great Hall

    Posted Mar 16th 2008, 12:00am by Celine Sun

    ... Celine Sun in Beijing Fei Fih still clearly remembers her first proposal to the National People's Congress a decade ago: stop playing festival music loudly inside the Great Hall of the People while thousands of delegates cast votes to elect the top l ...

  9. Bid to give HK expats permits

    Posted Mar 04th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Fanny W.Y. Fung in Beijing Legislator seeks equal access to mainland for non-Chinese residents Expatriates with permanent residency in Hong Kong should be granted permits to visit the mainland, the same as Chinese citizens, a local delegate to the mainlan ...

  10. Nationality row spreads to assistants

    Posted Jun 04th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to give it up. Two days after taking up his new post, political assistant to the secretary for security Victor Lo Yik-kee confirmed that he had had the right of abode in Britain since the early 1990s. 'The government has already explained that we do not need to abandon foreign citizenships. [Having the right of abode in Britain] is a fact and I have no plans to renounce,' he ...




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