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International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

Double standard on Hong Kong human rights

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.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 2:25am

Basic Law expert accused of twisting facts on voting rights

Pan-democrats and legal experts have called into question the credibility of a Basic Law heavyweight after she allegedly "twisted facts" regarding people's political rights guaranteed in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

1 Apr 2013 - 5:06am 5 comments

China petition urges human rights reforms

More than 120 influential scholars, lawyers and journalists have signed a petition urging the National People’s Congress to ratify an international human rights treaty as part of the leadership’s pledge to promote constitutional rights and the rule of law.

28 Feb 2013 - 12:41am

Survivors seek U.N. pressure on Philippines

Desperate survivors of last year's hostage-taking in Manila and relatives of those killed in the drama are seeking help from the UN to press the Philippine government for an apology and to make reparations.

16 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Will Beijing follow Taipei's lead on human rights?

On May 14, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou fulfilled a campaign pledge by signing the ratification instruments of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). The legislature had, shortly before, incorporated the content of the two covenants into Taiwan's domestic law.

28 May 2009 - 12:00am

'Freedom, not conflict' pledge

Taiwan should compete with the mainland over democratic advancement and freedoms and not military strength, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou says.

Mr Ma said a military race with the mainland was the last thing the island needed.

19 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Civilised politics is the art of compromise

I have no issue with my old friend Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee, the Civic Party lawmaker whose motion in the Legislative Council to abolish all functional constituencies was defeated. For the record, I was against functional constituencies from the very start when the idea was embraced by the self-appointed democrats.

9 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Human rights hurdle

A mainland leader says Beijing may ratify a sensitive human rights treaty - the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights - after years of delay. Isn't this a tall order for the mainland? Share your views: write to us

7 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Changes on rights, but more work to do

After 21/2 decades of the most dramatic economic growth ever experienced by the civilised world, China's leaders are gradually coming to terms with their achievements. The process is uneven, sometimes painful, and not always as outside observers would like it, but change is nonetheless taking place.

5 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Human rights are international matter

Lau Nai-keung ('An outrageous breach of loyalty', March 9) makes some interesting points in his comments on the debate over Martin Lee Chu-ming's appearance before a US congressional committee.

However, his logic is flawed when he compares this to a Chinese reaction to human rights violations at Guantanamo Bay.

13 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Covenant 'to be ratified'

China is expected to ratify the UN's International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights today.

Chinese lawmakers yesterday urged the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress to ratify the document, Xinhua reported.

28 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

Review of rights pact next week

The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress will start examining the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on Monday, Xinhua reported yesterday.

20 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

Court right

I am pleased that the Court of Appeal has ruled that the law against burning or defacing the SAR or the Chinese national flags was unconstitutional.

3 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Ratification of UN rights treaties 'could take years'

A legislator hinted strongly yesterday that it could take years before two United Nations human rights treaties signed by Beijing become law in China.

11 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Paper and practice

A signature on a piece of paper is not significant in itself. It is how faithfully the signatory follows the pledges set out in the document which makes a difference. The changes which must take place in China before the edicts of the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) are enshrined into the country's domestic life are extensive and profound.

6 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

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