US protesters demand closure of Guantanamo

Activists demand the closing of the US military's detention facility in Guantanamo during a protest on Thursday in New York's Times Square. Photo: AFP

Rights activists across the United States held a series of protests on Thursday demanding the closure of Guantanamo Bay as a hunger-strike at the jail entered a third month.

Friday, 12 April, 2013, 9:16pm

Myanmar releases political prisoners as Aung San Suu Kyi starts US visit

More than 80 political prisoners have been freed in Myanmar, opposition groups said yesterday, deepening a reform drive as democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi starts her first US trip in two decades.

The amnesty came as Nobel laureate Suu Kyi entered the second day of a keenly anticipated US tour, which will coincide with a separate visit next week to New York by President Thein Sein.

19 Sep 2012 - 2:56am

Amnesty for illegal structures ruled out

The government has unveiled its proposals to crack down on illegal structures on village houses in the New Territories.

But there are questions over whether the policy to tackle an estimated 70,000 village houses can be enforced and criticism that rural residents will be allowed exceptions denied to urban dwellers.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:33pm

Drop in trip does the trick for Amnesty

Amnesty's all-the-way victory in the Lark Handicap yesterday was a minor event without a great deal of fanfare, but it left apprentice Derek Leung Ka-chun within sight of one of his earliest goals as a rider.

14 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Wife of academic hopes for amnesty

Qu Liqiu, the wife of jailed mainland academic Lu Jianhua, hopes the mainland authorities will grant an amnesty to her husband following a call by freed journalist Ching Cheong for an amnesty in the year of the Olympics.

'I hope more people, especially those who are innocent, will be given an amnesty,' Mrs Qu said. 'Of course I hope Lu Jianhua will be freed, too.'

22 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Let them stay

The legal position on the right of abode is clearer now than at any time since the handover as a result of Thursday's ruling in the Court of Final Appeal. But this has come at a cost, in human terms. As a result of the judgment, around 10,000 people, involved in that case and others, face removal to the mainland and separation from their relatives.

12 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

Detainees likely to be abused: Amnesty

Amnesty International has expressed concern that the 15 suspected Islamic terrorists arrested in Singapore last month may be subject to 'abusive psychological and physical pressure'.

10 Jan 2002 - 12:00am


I read with utter incredulity Chadwick Williams' letter headlined, 'Gay rights no matter for Amnesty', which appeared in the South China Morning Post, on May 19.

His sentiments are quite the most unpleasant that I have seen on paper for a very long time indeed, and I am extremely disappointed that you could ever have thought such poisonous words worthy of print.

29 May 1998 - 12:00am

Amnesty in rights warning

Amnesty International claimed yesterday that the 'new, unelected' provisional legislature could crack down on human rights after the handover.

Its annual report said there was uncertainty over the post-July 1 political situation.

'There were fears that the provisional legislature might amend laws to restrict the scope of human rights safeguards,' it added.

19 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Amnesty looks at future in HK

Amnesty International's future in the territory post-97 will be scrutinised by one of the group's top directors during a visit next month.

Director for the Asia-Pacific region, Rory Mungoven, will arrive on September 11 on a 'fact-finding' mission, said Hong Kong chairman Robyn Kilpatrick.

2 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Rat-catchers off the trail, says legislator

WHEN Chim Pui-chung published his manifesto for the Legislative Council's financial services constituency last August, he pledged he would step down if he failed to win an amnesty for 'rat traders' within six months of his election.

17 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Amnesty waits for the chance to explain

IT is a measure of the hatred felt by China's rulers towards Amnesty International that no delegation from the group has ever been received by a Chinese official.

Amnesty delegations have been invited to North Korea and Vietnam, countries also regarded as authoritarian, but never to China.

14 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Amnesty films on racism, dictators

TO mark International Human Rights Day today, Amnesty International is screening a series of four short films covering topics such as racism, dictatorships and sexism.

There are two showings of the series - this evening at 6.30 and Saturday, December 18, at 2.30pm - both at the Arts Centre, Wan Chai.

Three of the films run less than 18 minutes.

10 Dec 1993 - 12:00am

Amnesty's island of music

IT'S all happening at Island School tomorrow night with Amnesty International's fund-raising concert featuring great food and raffles plus a fabulous line-up of live bands.

8 Oct 1993 - 12:00am

Shenzhen snub for Amnesty

A GROUP of judges and legal officers from Shenzhen turned down a chance to discuss human rights in China with Amnesty International in London, cancelling a lunch meeting at the last moment.

The seven judges and officials from the Shenzhen Intermediate People's Court are on a week-long tour of Britain to gain an understanding of the British legal system.

16 Sep 1993 - 12:00am