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HONG KONG: Torture is a crime punishable with life imprisonment

As public complaints have begun to emerge about the use of excessive force by some officers of the Hong Kong Police, it is quite in order, to recall the law on the crime of torture in Hong Kong. There...

HONG KONG: OCLP strongly condemns police use of extrajudicial punishment and demands investigation of use of excessive force against protesters

This morning, in an attempt to forcibly disperse the crowd outside the Chief Executive’s Office at Lung Wo Road and the adjacent underpass, police exercised excessive force. The most unacceptabl...

HONG KONG: Concern about the use of police excessive force and abuse 

(Hong Kong, October15, 2014) The Asian Human Rights Commission expressed shock and sadness at the use of police excessive force/abuse as shown in amateur video footage now available to the public on Y...

HONG KONG: The Umbrella Movement and Democracy in Hong Kong

by Jack Clancey During this past week, Central was occupied by thousands of demonstrators, as was Admiralty, Wanchai, Causeway Bay, and other parts of Hong Kong. The key question being asked is: What ...

HONG KONG: Witnessing a ‘new form of protest’

As protests in Hong Kong continue, there are growing fears of a crackdown. But the use of force would not work as it would ruin people’s trust in good governance, human rights lawyer Basil Ferna...

HONG KONG: Statement of the Hong Kong Bar Association on the Use of Force by the Hong Kong Police at Harcourt Road on 28 September 2014

1. The Hong Kong Bar Association (“HKBA”) is deeply disturbed by, and deplores and condemns, the excessive and disproportionate use of force by the Hong Kong Police on demonstrators gather...

HONG KONG: Live coverage on the Occupy Central 

(September 28, 2014, Hong Kong ) Thousands of protesters take to Hong Kong’s streets as Occupy protest grows, Sunday afternoon, September 28, 2014. Click here to watch the live coverage by the...

HONG KONG: Caged lives

This article was originally published in the latest issue of TORTURE : Asian and Global Perspectives ( Volume 03 Number 1 & 2 | February- April 2014 ) Everyone needs a life of respect. Those in ...

HONG KONG/PHILIPPINES: Filipinos do have a role in fight for democracy in Hong Kong

(Note: this article was first published in the May 4, 2014 issue of the Sunday Examiner) I am a Filipino but I see myself a Hong Konger. If we are to take the guidelines of Hong Kong Unison, a non-p...

INDONESIA/HONG KONG: Proper protection for Erwiana will show genuine respect by the authorities

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learned that Erwiana has arrived in Hong Kong to attend a series of medical examinations to support her case against her former abusive employer, Law Wan T...

INDONESIA/HONGKONG: Punishment should be imposed on agency and employer responsible for the abuse of an Indonesian worker in Hong Kong

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the abuse experienced by a 23-year-old Indonesian domestic worker in Hong Kong. The victim, Erwiana, was alleg...

HONG KONG: Democracy movement in Bahrain, a dialogue with Dr. Jasim Hussain, former MP of Bahrain 

An Announcement by the Asian Human Rights Commission We are writing to invite you for a session on the ‘Democracy Movement in Bahrain’ with Dr. Jasim Hussain, former MP, Bahrain. The sessi...

HONG KONG/PHILIPPINES: Daughter of falsely charged activists to speak on fabrication of charges at a forum 

(Hong Kong, May 29, 2013) Twenty-three year old Nicolette ‘Nikki” Gamara, whose parents have been laid with fabricated charges, will speak at a public forum tomorrow, May 30 from 7–9...

Hong Kong: Press Release from The Law Society of Hong Kong concerning the Vallejos Evangeline case 

The Law Society of Hong Kong notes the Court of Final Appeal (“CFA”) published its judgment (“Judgment”) in the case of Vallejos Evangeline Banao and Domingo Daniel L. v. Commi...

HONG KONG/PHILIPPINES: Dean Jose Manuel Diokno to host Rights Talk on “Civic Education during Martial Law in the Philippines and Beyond” at the University of Hong Kong on Wednesday, 30 January 

(Hong Kong, January 24, 2013) Dean Jose Manuel Diokno of the College of Law at De La Salle University will host a lunchtime seminar at the University of Hong Kong from 12:30pm – 1:30pm on “Civ...

HONG KONG/SRI LANKA: HK migrants, rights groups protest execution of Rizana Nafeek 

(Hong Kong, January 18, 2013) Dozens of Hong Kong-based migrant workers, including Sri Lankans; migrant and human rights groups, protested today the execution of Rizana Nafeek, a Sri Lankan maid, in S...

ASIA: Three great protests – In Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and the Omkareshwar Dam in India 

When people are hurt by the actions of authorities, they protest. When the hurt is deep and widespread it could give rise to collective modes of protest. Three such protest movements are now taking pl...

HONG KONG/ASIA: Media briefing — Prevention of torture to promote freedom of expression in Asia

(Hong Kong, June 22, 2012) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and Centre for Comparative and Public Law (CCPL) at the University of Hong Kong, are inviting journalists for a discussion with form...

HONG KONG/ASIA: Events to mark UN International Day in support of torture victims

(Hong Kong, June 20, 2012) On June 26, to commemorate the United Nations’ International Day in support of victims of torture, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and Centre for Comparative and ...

The system works here in Hong Kong, Sir; it is the system operators that have failed in Sri Lanka — a reply to a presidential advisor 

One of the advisors to the Sri Lankan president went to Vavuniya last Saturday (February 25) to talk to the people displaced by ‘the war’ and was interviewed by a BBC correspondent. The pr...