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  1. Lawmakers throw the future of anti-racial-bias bill into doubt

    Posted Jul 10th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau said: 'We are in the process of studying. We will make a decision later.' The debate resumes today. ...

  2. State must pay to defuse health-care time bomb

    Posted May 25th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... was virtually free. Those in rural areas, constituting 90 per cent of the population, have been especially hard hit: for them, anything other than the most basic health care is now beyond their reach. ... to state hospitals that they had previously and the amount has been steadily decreasing. More and more, mainlanders are having to dig deeper into their pockets to pay for health care. Government ...

  3. Who gets to call a new land home?

    Posted May 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... in their country of origin. The new country may therefore permit them to become citizens so families can be reunited. Refugees The United Nations can help refugees relocate to a new country and be granted ... stay' requirement as stated in the Basic Law. Vallejos is appealing. Mainland mothers Many mainland women come to Hong Kong to have their babies. This has resulted in overloaded private ...

  4. State Council to consider tax plan to help less well-off working classes

    Posted Feb 28th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Zhuang Pinghui The State Council will discuss on Wednesday changes to the nation's system for income tax deductions designed to help medium- and low-income individuals, Premier Wen ... of their living expenses. According to Xinhua, the State Council submitted a report to the NPC on the widening wealth gap, saying the present individual income tax system fails to factor in the number ...

  5. Gun laws must be changed

    Posted Apr 29th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... these happenings, it is still very easy in the United States to buy and own a gun. I understand some people believe they need guns to protect themselves, especially if they live in the countryside and may ... for your thought-provoking letter, Yat-fu. The National Rifle Association of America works to protect the Second Amendment of the country's constitution. The association believes this law ...

  6. Arbitrary detention out of place in a modern state

    Posted Aug 31st 2011, 12:00am

    ... long periods of detention without charge or trial. The Internal Security Act (ISA), introduced to combat threats against state security, allows the police to hold people for up to 60 days, ... detention violates the right to a fair trial. This right is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the Federal Constitution of Malaysia, which also recognises a person's ...

  7. United in protest, if not in their reasons for hitting the streets...

    Posted Jul 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Unemployed 60-year-old Mr Lau, whose body is paralysed down the left side. 'I have been in a wheelchair for 15 years. I last protested in 2003. Mr Lam, [Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung] with his by-election ban proposal, has prompted me to hit the streets again.' Mrs Zhu, 40, from Guizhou, is six months pregnant and last week knelt down ...

  8. Key questions go unanswered in draft changes to state secrets law

    Posted Feb 25th 2010, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... Will Clem in Shanghai Mainland lawmakers have completed the second draft of revisions to the controversial Protection of State Secrets Law, apparently in time for the changes ... law- notably, how to define a state secret, who has the power to decide and by setting a 30-year time limit for declassification- but many key questions remain unanswered. The second draft ...

  9. Why Hong Kong needs a one-stop shop for charities

    Posted Jun 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the wheel, we drew on the British approach for some key principles. Our core recommendation, beyond having a statutory definition of what constitutes a charitable purpose, is that Hong Kong establish ...

  10. FYI: Slavery is despicable. Why did people ever think it was acceptable?

    Posted Mar 25th 2007, 12:00am by Mark Footer

    ... it doesn't exist today: according to a recent United Nations study, 27 million men, women and children are in unpaid servitude around the globe. In 1865, the 13th amendment to the United Sates Constitution freed the last slaves in North America and provided for the permanent abolition of slavery there. Slavery, however, continues to have far-reaching consequences in the US, not least ...




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