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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

    Evangeline Vallejos, domestic helper in abode case, 'feared for safety in Hong Kong'

    Posted Dec 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu austin.chiu@scmp.com Domestic helper in abode case has left HK 'in fear for her safety' The domestic helper at the centre of a high-profile court battle for the right of abode has moved back to the Philippines because she fears for her safety, her former employer says. Evangeline Banao Vallejos, who turned 60 this year, left behind the legal fight and flew home ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Right of abode settled, for now

    Posted Mar 26th 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... SCMP Editorial Right of abode settled, for now The right-of-abode ruling by the city's top court appears to have spared Hong Kong a crisis, at least for the time being. Court of Final Appeal ruled that foreign domestic helpers had no right to claim permanent residency. The decision quashed the hopes of hundreds of thousands who may have wanted to settle here. The court also ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Foreign helpers know right from the start they will not get right of abode

    Posted Aug 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... but isn't it unconvincing when they know right from the start that their stay will not be counted towards permanent residence? There is no question of racism here. Any nationality be it Filipino ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - RIGHT OF ABODE

    Basic Law Institute to seek access to classified pre-handover UK papers on right of abode

    Posted Jan 21st 2013, 12:00am by Stuart Lau

    ... Stuart Lau stuart.lau@scmp.com Sealed pre-handover papers would 'shed light on original intention of Basic Law' Lawyer to ask UK for right of abode files The head of the Basic Law Institute will fly to London in April to lobby members of parliament to disclose classified documents he says could shed light on Hong Kong's right of abode laws. Alan Hoo, SC, ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Justice minister Yuen under pressure to spell out right of abode request

    Posted Jan 07th 2013, 12:00am by Stuart Lau

    ... out' right of abode appeal The justice minister is being pressed by the legal sector for details of an application to the top court for a referral to Beijing to clarify the Basic Law on who has right of abode here, before it is heard next month. And the local government was also warned the request must be handled well - or the city's rule of law could be affected. The government ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...




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