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Political Charters

Activists, intellectuals mourn Havel's death

Mainland liberal intellectuals are mourning the passing of Vaclav Havel, the former Czech president and dissident playwright, who they say inspired them in their peaceful struggle against autocracy.

Tuesday, 20 December, 2011, 12:00am

Feared, not revered

In the 1930s, the book Red Star over China, by the American writer Edgar Snow, did much to win Western sympathy and support for the Chinese communist movement and its leader, Mao Zedong, at a time when the US backed the government of president Chiang Kai-shek.

13 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Well-known dissident arrested

Prominent dissident Liu Xiaobo, one of the most vocal advocates of political reform on the mainland, was officially arrested on suspicion of inciting subversion. Mr Liu was arrested on Tuesday, more than six months after police took him away a day before the release of Charter 08 on December 9 last year.

26 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Party leaders 'split' over democracy campaign

Communist Party leaders in Beijing are divided over how to deal with a campaign initiated by liberal mainland scholars calling for greater freedom and direct elections, sources say.

Thousands of intellectuals, activists and scholars have signed their names to support Charter 08, a document calling for civil rights and bold political reforms.

24 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Rising critical stirrings leave officials on edge

Being dismissive of intellectuals is a pleasurable pastime enjoyed by many people. Maybe this is why the enormous significance of the growing Charter 08 movement on the mainland has been somewhat underplayed in Hong Kong.

9 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Insight into youth charter

Would you like to learn more about the Charter of Youth? You can now pick up a free copy of a magazine-style publication promoting the charter from any District Office.

Produced by the Commission on Youth, the publication contains interviews, articles, and photographs of artists such as Daniel Chan Hiu-tung and Gigi Leung Wing-ki.

31 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Stricter rules for police in charter

Once famed as the best police 'money could buy', Thailand's force faces stiff new operating procedures under the country's sweeping new constitution.

Political commentators said human rights provisions in the charter had received far less attention than those to beat political corruption but would soon show themselves as a key early test of its strength.

15 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Lawyer deplores Bill of Rights rollback

The suspension of human rights provisions in place before the handover may have breached Article 39 of the Basic Law, a human rights lawyer said yesterday.

The chairman of Human Rights Monitor, Paul Harris, said the article stated that provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 'applied to Hong Kong shall remain in force'.

18 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Systems not comparable

THE New Zealand model is not comparable with the local system, lawyers said yesterday.

Section four of the New Zealand Bill of Rights says the court should not repeal, revoke or refuse to apply any legislative provisions found to be inconsistent with the Bill.

18 Nov 1995 - 12:00am

Too few students know of scheme

MANY students and young people were unaware of the Charter for Youth, said Form Seven student John Chan Shu-ming.

John, 18, from Queen's College, Causeway Bay - one of the charter's signatories - said it had benefited young people little even though it came with many good intentions and suggestions.

21 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

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