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  1. Bill tabled to assess asylum-seekers' torture claims

    Posted Jul 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Martin Wong martin.wong@scmp.com The government has finally tabled a proposed law to assess asylum-seekers' claims of torture, but is reluctant to include other types of refugee-seekers in the procedure. Hong Kong has long been criticised for its lack of a coherent law regulating refugees and torture claimants. After years of foot-dragging, the administration presented ...

  2. 6,700 cases pending as torture claimants prove slow to screen

    Posted Jan 14th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Phyllis Tsang It would take 31 years to screen cases of people claiming to have been tortured if immigration officials were to continue at the existing rate. Only 214 cases were completed ... Of these, 108 claimants appealed, with 74 of the appeals rejected, the department revealed yesterday. Fifty-five of the claimants were deported from Hong Kong after screening, and 1,636 torture ...

  3. Screening plan for torture claimants queried

    Posted Sep 26th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Phyllis Tsang Barristers and solicitors have joined forces to highlight what they say are problems in a proposed screening mechanism for torture claimants. The Bar Association and Law ... they supported introduction 'at the earliest feasible time' of a 'workable, sustainable system of screening of torture claimants and refugees, fully compliant with a high standard'. ...

  4. Asylum seekers who filed torture claims get damages for time in jail

    Posted Mar 04th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Yvonne Tsui Four asylum seekers who were locked up before claims that they might face torture if returned to their home countries had been decided were awarded a total of HK$510,000 ... under the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. They were detained while they were waiting for the Immigration Director's decision ...

  5. Torturers of schoolgirl jailed for up to 41/2 years

    Posted Apr 25th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Loretta Fong Two men who falsely imprisoned a schoolgirl and tortured her by beating, stripping and forcing her to snort washing powder were put behind bars yesterday, one for 41/2 years ... to a small argument'. The more than 10 hours of torture she was forced to endure were to 'weaken the victim's willpower'. Judge Li said the victim was young and innocent, ...

  6. Torture made a criminal offence

    Posted Jul 27th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Irene Wang Officials will face criminal prosecution if they use torture to extract confessions from suspects or try to cover up mine disasters following the addition yesterday of dozens ... These criteria cover torture of suspects, health officials covering up epidemics and environmental officials failing to prevent mass poisonings. Eight criteria for the crime of torture were specified, ...

  7. Girl, 16, who tortured her friend sent to rehab centre

    Posted Jul 27th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The defendant and two younger girls admitted two weeks ago that they tortured their 16-year-old friend, whose identity is also protected. The second and third defendants, aged 15 and 12, ...

  8. Memoirists' first requirement: get a life

    Posted Sep 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Another week, another autobiography. This time it's In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir, by former US vice-president Dick Cheney. The book outlines Cheney's thinking on and version of the September 11, 2001, attacks, the 'war on ter ...

  9. Work with UN refugee body, lawmakers urge

    Posted Aug 01st 2006, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... The motion also calls for the government not to detain asylum seekers, to ensure their children are allowed to go to school and to give torture claimants legal aid. Democratic Party legislator Albert Ho Chun-yan, who moved the motion, said asylum seekers had to be treated humanely. The government, when pressed by Bar Association chairman Philip Dykes, admitted detaining torture claimants ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Presumed guilty in China

    Posted Jun 03rd 2013, 12:00am by ZHOU ZUNYOU

    ... are all members of one big family- the zhengfa jiguan, literally, the "political-legal authority". Criminal suspects in police custody often face harsh treatment, as the use of torture ... in 1995 by Beijing police for interrogation, the principle of the presumption of innocence had not been introduced into Chinese law. What's more, at that time, the use of torture to extract ...




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