SlutWalk march challenges attitude to rape that blames victim

Woman march with a banner that reads in Spanish; "March of the Sluts" better known as SlutWalks, in Lima, Peru. Photo: AP

With cases of indecent assault climbing in the city, this Sunday's "SlutWalk" march will challenge social attitudes that blame the victims for being attacked.

Friday, 23 November, 2012, 3:17am 1 comment

Should animals have rights?

Wong Ling-oi, 13, St Stephen's Girls' College

Many people insist that the public should respect animal rights. I don't think so.

For a start, humans are without a doubt far more complicated than any other living thing. We have a unique ability to think and express ourselves, and to formulate social systems with rights and responsibilities.

17 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Leung must scrap small house policy

Where there is a will, there is a way. But our government does not seem to appreciate this wisdom when reviewing the controversial 'small house' policy. The scheme that gives all male indigenous villagers the right to build a three-storey house is clearly discriminatory, unsustainable and flawed. Yet, it has been allowed to continue for decades despite blatant abuses.

16 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Being alpha species carries obligations

Chimpanzees can master rudimentary sign language. Dolphins have an intricate communication system that resembles a fully fledged, if simple, language. Even some birds - which we often misinterpret as dumb (think insulting terms such as 'bird brain') - can learn up to dozens of words.

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

40pc put social order before rights, poll finds

People are willing to sacrifice their civil and political rights when it comes to combating crime and maintaining social harmony, the Democratic Party finds in a survey.

The poll, conducted by lawmaker Emily Lau Wai-hing's office, showed 60 per cent of respondents - or about 370 - knew of the Bill of Rights Ordinance, introduced in 1991.

28 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Government has a legal obligation to meet HK people's right to housing

In his official visit last week, the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office director Wang Guangya highlighted the need to address the housing problem in Hong Kong. He stated that housing was an economic and livelihood issue, which if not handled properly would turn into a political issue.

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

On the right track

It is easy to criticise China's first 'national human rights action plan' for 2009-2010 made public last week. For one thing, it does not address basic issues, such as giving Chinese citizens the right to choose their government. The Communist Party, it seems, has no plans to relinquish its monopoly on power.

22 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

IT sector can play its part to improve rights

This week, the world's most prominent technology companies launched an industry response to protecting freedom of information and the privacy of customers, especially for those who live in countries that deny these rights.

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) seeks to provide strategies on how to advance freedom of information and privacy.

31 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Legal reform has made China wealthy, UN says

Mainland legal reforms have played a far bigger role than foreign investment in generating wealth and helping lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, the lead author of a United Nations report says.

6 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

animal rights

Word power

Match the words on the left with their meanings on the right.

1 brandishes

2 ammunition

3 backlash

4 bold

5 outrageous

6 notorious

a. immoral, shocking

b. well-known for some bad quality or deed

9 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Schools lack resources to teach Chinese to minorities, poll finds

A lack of appropriate teaching materials, official guidance and family support mean mainstream teachers are failing to teach Chinese to ethnic minority students, according to a survey.

9 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Watchdog warns on lists of party members

Law requiring disclosure is violation of convention, says rights group

A law that requires political parties to make public their membership lists violated the protection of freedom of association under an international human rights convention, a rights group has warned.

9 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Rights that were left out

When it comes to human rights, I have led a charmed life: no matter where I have lived, I have generally been able to do, say and think what I like without bothering other people. On reflection, perhaps the words 'excluding this column' should be added, given the angry reactions a few of my missives have generated.

2 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Beijing reviews key human rights treaty

Revelation by Politburo Standing Committee member prompts speculation the mainland may ratify the covenant

A senior Communist Party leader said yesterday that Beijing is reviewing a key international human rights treaty, prompting speculation about mainland ratification of the sensitive International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights after years of delay.

6 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Great guardian of human rights

Writing in 1997 in the Modern Law Review, I criticised the Hong Kong judiciary for an ambivalent and inconsistent approach to the Bill of Rights. Steeped in the English common-law tradition, which was devoid, even suspicious, of formal bills of rights, judges found themselves caught in the crossfire between China and Britain on the bill's validity.

10 May 2005 - 12:00am