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  1. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Right of abode? What about the right to wear wigs, ask lawyers

    Posted Jan 15th 2013, 12:00am by Stuart Lau, Austin Chiu and Patsy Moy

    ... Stuart Lau, Austin Chiu and Patsy Moy Law Society keen to preserve time-honoured tradition Big wigs keen to preserve time-honoured tradition Litigation over the right of abode may ... as April- alongside their barrister counterparts. Other than judges, only barristers have the right to wear the 17th-century horsehair attire. Stephen Hung Wan-shun, chairman of the Law ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Top court to give landmark judgment on right of abode issues

    Posted Mar 25th 2013, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu austin.chiu@scmp.com Top court to rule on right of abode Hong Kong's top court will hand down a landmark judgment today with far-reaching implications on right-of-abode ... the right-of-abode issues concerning both domestic helpers and children born here to mainland parents. Critics say it threatens Hong Kong's judicial autonomy. Two law professors say that if the top ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Beijing may be asked to rule on right of abode

    Posted Jul 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... The first of three cases claiming Hong Kong right of abode for overseas domestic helpers won't go to the Court of First Instance until next month. Yet already some interested parties ... Hong Kong'. Mark Daly, human rights lawyer and solicitor for Vallejos, said he would argue that the immigration provision was unconstitutional, because it meant helpers could never become ...

  5. 150 'absconders' still in hiding after losing right-of-abode fight

    Posted Jun 26th 2006, 12:00am by Sherry Lee

    ... Sherry Lee As many as 150 failed right-of-abode applicants are still hiding in Hong Kong, unwilling to be separated from their parents four years after the deadline for them to return ... for Children's Right of Abode. 'They rely on their parents for a living, and stay in relatives' and friends' homes to avoid being arrested,' Mr Lin said. 'We dare not ask them ...

  6. 51/2 years jail for last right-of-abode protester

    Posted Oct 06th 2005, 12:00am by Jonathan Li

    ... Jonathan Li The last member of a group of right-of-abode seekers has been jailed for 51/2 years for his role in the fiery protest in the Immigration Tower five years ago that killed two ... on the right of abode had been oppressive and discriminatory. In June, seven others involved in the violent protest were jailed for up to eight years after pleading guilty in a retrial to two counts ...

  7. Abode issue is strictly HK's affair

    Posted Aug 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... A court battle over claims by foreign domestic helpers to the right of abode in Hong Kong has not yet begun, but already the government is talking about the possibility of seeking ... on the 1999 right of abode controversy that saw the first such interpretation by the NPC Standing Committee, there seemed to be a general understanding that the government would refrain from taking ...

  8. 'Amend HK law to deny babies abode'

    Posted Jul 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... in 2001 that babies born in Hong Kong to mainland parents have right of abode regardless of their parents' residency status. Wang did not say which law should be amended, nor the steps to be followed. Some legal experts and lawmakers have suggested changing the Immigration Ordinance to deprive babies born to non-local parents of the right of abode. That would go against Basic Law ...

  9. Helper couple join abode fight

    Posted Dec 08th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the government's decision to deny them right of abode. The application, filed in the Court of First Instance by human rights law firm Barnes and Daly, comes on the heels of a similar constitutional ... have right of abode. The application last Friday was filed on behalf of Filipino domestic helper Evangeline Banao Vallejos, who has worked in the city for 24 years. The couple first applied ...

  10. Why hurdle to maids' abode fell

    Posted Oct 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... as 'ordinarily resident' in Hong Kong is unconstitutional. The ruling has the effect of dismantling the last major hurdle to the acquisition of the right of abode by foreign domestic helpers ... of the right of abode by a foreigner- could be used in an appeal to prevent a maid gaining abode. The four hurdles are: habitual residence in Hong Kong; having one's dependents in Hong Kong; ...




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