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  1. News - Hong Kong

    Top court asked to seek Beijing's advice in abode case

    Posted Dec 13th 2012, 07:32pm by Lai Ying-ki

    ... issues relating to two right of abode cases. Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung said the government wanted a clarification of how much binding power the opinion of a Beijing-appointed 1996 preparatory committee – mentioned in the 1999 interpretation – would have on right of abode cases relating to foreign domestic helpers and babies born to mainlanders in Hong Kong. Yuen ...

  2. News - Hong Kong

    Tensions run high at Legco debate on right of abode

    Posted Dec 14th 2012, 06:56pm by JOANNA CHIU

    ... Joanna Chiu Lawmakers debated the next step to take in addressing the right of abode issue on Friday morning, voting narrowly against further discussing the matter until the Court of Final ... move. “The requirements for right of abode are outlined in Article 24 of the Basic Law,” he said. “Hong Kong has the right to determine who can be a resident of the city. It has nothing to do ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - RESIDENCY

    Right of abode appeal to Beijing a 'bad precedent'

    Posted Dec 14th 2012, 12:00am by Austin Chiu, JOSHUA BUT

    ... Austin Chiu and Joshua But Government request that city's top court asks NPC Standing Committee to rule on residency laws is condemned by legal and political experts Right of abode ... ask Beijing to clarify a previous interpretation of residency laws. The request was made in a bid to resolve right of abode cases involving foreign domestic helpers and children born ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Department of Justice's proposal on right of abode is worrisome

    Posted Dec 14th 2012, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... SCMP Editorial Worrying twist on right of abode Hong Kong's rule of law is facing yet another serious challenge. After months of speculation, the government revealed how it intends to resolve the right of abode disputes involving foreign domestic helpers and mainlanders giving birth here. In a disturbing move, it is asking the Court of Final Appeal, before ruling on the maid ...

  5. News - Hong Kong

    Right of abode debate: Experts have their say

    Posted Dec 20th 2012, 12:00am by Austin Chiu, Patsy Moy

    ... which deals with permanent residency. He said the move was intended to resolve two right of abode issues. One involves foreign domestic helpers, who are fighting for the right to receive ... for solving the right of abode issues and to gauge the potential damage to our cherished and internationally recognised judicial values. One option would be to impose administrative measures ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - RIGHT OF ABODE

    Court unlikely to refer to Beijing in right-of-abode case, says source

    Posted Dec 22nd 2012, 12:00am by JOSHUA BUT

    ... Joshua But joshua.but@scmp.com Government source says administration doubts the Court of Final Appeal will refer right-of-abode case to Beijing for clarification Court unlikely to refer to Beijing There is only a slim chance that the Court of Final Appeal will accept the government's request to refer the issue of who has right of abode in Hong Kong to Beijing for clarification ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - RIGHT OF ABODE

    Increase in number of domestic helpers applying for right of abode

    Posted Dec 23rd 2012, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu austin.chiu@scmp.com The figure represents an increase since a ruling in September 2011 that was later overturned More than 1,000 helpers apply for permanent IDs More than 1,000 foreign domestic helpers have applied for permanent identity cards since a court ruled in September last year that a law preventing them from applying for right of abode ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong needs to prepare for mainland Chinese children with right of abode

    Posted Oct 16th 2012, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... services. They have increased our population by at least 170,000 since the highest court in 2001 upheld their right of abode. Their numbers will grow by hundreds a month until next year, when ... counterparts, but they had every right to be applying. Their sons and daughters are also citizens. That our Basic Law guarantees that right and the associated benefits to every child born in our city, ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Avoid asking Court of Final Appeal to decide again on right of abode

    Posted Sep 20th 2012, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Avoid court on right of abode Mainland mothers giving birth in Hong Kong is a problem that warrants serious attention. Thanks to the liberal regime set out in the Basic Law, ... in court. This includes the disturbing option of asking the city's top court to "rectify" its right of abode ruling handed down more than a decade ago. There are good reasons why ...

  10. Flame of freedom burns in former right of abode activist

    Posted Jun 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... campaigning for right-of-abode seekers, her long hair becoming a familiar sight on TV news reports. Thirteen years later, the veteran campaigner estimates she supported more than 10,000 mainlanders ... government. The Standing Committee crushed the hopes of more than 1.4 million mainlanders like Fu by ruling that right of abode applicants required permission from mainland authorities before coming ...




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