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Human Rights

Deeds, not words, on human rights give China moral authority in today's world

Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia pose in this undated photo. Photo: Reuters

“Seeking common ground while preserving differences”, as Xiaoyu Pu sums it up , is a marvelous slogan for achieving diplomatic gains, until it becomes code f

Thursday, 18 July, 2013, 1:21pm

Postcard: New York

Karima Zoubir's Camera/Womanfocuses on a Moroccan videographer's struggle to express herself in film over the objections of her family.

Traditional values have often proved a barrier to making progress on human rights issues.

23 Jun 2013 - 5:49pm

US says 'bar higher' for dialogue with N. Korea

Glyn Davies is the US point man on North Korea. Photo: AFP

The United States says North Korea's recent actions have risen the bar for a resumption of dialogue, and it called on Pyongyang to address concerns on weapons but also human rights.

16 Jun 2013 - 8:12am

Double standard on Hong Kong human rights

Lai Changxing was deported to China after a lengthy extradition battle and diplomatic negotiations between Canada and China.

Last month marked an important moment in Hong Kong's human rights history: a transsexual woman won her appeal at the Court of Final Appeal. I welcome such a brave decision and look forward to more liberal decisions in future.

16 Jun 2013 - 2:25am

Magistrate Maria Lourdes Afiuni who cross Venezuela's Hugo Chavez freed

Maria Lourdes Afiuni leaves her Caracas home after being freed from house arrest. Photo: AFP

Venezuelan authorities freed a judge who was arrested in 2009 after then-president Hugo Chavez objected to one of her rulings. Her case became a cause célèbre for the opposition and international human rights groups.

16 Jun 2013 - 8:53am

Groups decry blitz on mainland Chinese anti-graft activists

Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch. Photo: AFP

More than a dozen anti-corruption activists in Beijing and Jiangxi province have been detained in the past two months after participating in or organising demonstrations calling for government officials to publicly disclose their assets, a number of human rights groups said in a joint statement issued yesterday.

11 Jun 2013 - 5:19am 1 comment

UN urges freeze on robot weapons

A new United Nations draft report objects to the use of weapons systems like the X-47B that can attack targets without any human input. Photo: AP

The international community must impose a moratorium on robot weapons, a UN expert told the world body’s top human rights forum on Thursday, warning that they could enable war crimes to go unpunished.

30 May 2013 - 7:59pm

Talks needed on use of drones

US President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama's new counter-terrorism doctrine has run into heavy crossfire. To some Republican opponents, his plan to redefine the global "war on terror" as a more targeted effort to eliminate threats to America is a retreat that underestimates the risk posed by Islamic extremists.

29 May 2013 - 6:16am

Letters to the Editor, May 28, 2013

Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok. Photo: David Wong

Security chief should have apologised

I was extremely offended by Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok's suggestion that young girls drink less in order to prevent rape ("Security chief blasted for rape remark", May 16).

28 May 2013 - 1:20am 2 comments

Next, Legco must uphold rights of sexual minorities

Hundreds of gay rights supporters marched against homophobia and discrimination of sexual minorities in Hong Kong. Photo: AP

We need to be grateful for Hong Kong's independent judiciary. The Court of Final Appeal showed recently that it is prepared to act on minority rights where the government and even the Legislative Council have refused to do so. The decision to allow a transgendered person to marry her partner of choice was based on rights guaranteed in the Basic Law and the Hong Kong Bill of Rights.

28 May 2013 - 1:21am

Rights groups fault new Obama plan for vetting drone strikes

Barack Obama is seen in a television camera's viewfinder as he speaks about his administration's counterterrorism policy. Photo: EPA

Proposals to vet future US drone strikes risk creating "kill courts", according to human rights campaigners. They say President Barack Obama's promise of new legal oversight does not go far enough to end what they regard as extrajudicial executions.

25 May 2013 - 4:20am

Human rights issues niggle as US firms eye Myanmar

Myanmar President Thein Sein. Photo: AFP

T-shirts bearing images of President Barack Obama and Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy leader, hang side by side in the shops just off busy Kabar Aye Pagoda Road in Yangon. It is a reminder of the history made in November when Obama became the first sitting United States president to set foot in Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma.

20 May 2013 - 4:18am

Bangladeshi refugees' 'unliveable conditions' appals activists

Bangladeshi refugee Ali endures the refugee compound in Ping Che, in the New Territories, saying the people there are 'treated like animals'. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Twelve Bangladeshi asylum seekers are enduring "unliveable conditions" in Ping Che that should shock the government into doing more for a community excluded from society, local human rights activists say.

19 May 2013 - 4:45pm 3 comments

Activists' families targeted in harassment campaign

Chen Guangcheng

The elder brother of blind activist Chen Guangcheng was woken when a torrent of rocks, bricks and beer bottles flew into his family's courtyard, smashing roof tiles and windows.

19 May 2013 - 6:12am 4 comments

Beijing touts drop in capital crimes in annual human rights reports

Photo: AFP

The central government released its tenth white paper on human rights yesterday, highlighting a decrease in the number of crimes eligible for the death sentence as a sign of progress.

15 May 2013 - 4:45am