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Marathoners voice support for press freedom in Hong Kong

Runners in Hong Kong's annual street marathon donned blue ribbons on their sports vests Sunday to show their support for press freedom, as fears grow that the city's independent media is under threat. An estimated one in ten of the 64,000 marathoners taking part in the race, including journalists, finance professionals and students, wore the ribbons to protest what is widely seen as creeping self-censorship in the Hong Kong media.

China military port gets key Hong Kong go-ahead

Hong Kong has taken a key step towards approving the construction of a Chinese military port along its waterfront, China's state media reported Saturday, despite fierce public opposition to the move. In a unanimous decision, Hong Kong's Town Planning Board Friday gave the green light for the construction of a People's Liberation Army (PLA) military port in the city's Central district, state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) said.

Over 1/3 of H.K. people favor "patriotic" criteria for leaders: poll

Well over one-third of Hong Kong people would also accept introducing "patriotic" criteria to prescreen candidates for the leadership election in 2017, according to the results of a public opinion survey released Wednesday. The survey conducted by the Hong Kong University found that 38 percent of some 1,000 people polled agreed the Nominating Committee should endorse criteria such as "love China, love Hong Kong" and "not to confront central government" in prescreening candidates for chief executive, while 36 percent of them disagreed.

Over 1/3 of H.K. people favor "patriotic" criteria for leaders: poll

Well over one-third of Hong Kong people would also accept introducing "patriotic" criteria to prescreen candidates for the leadership election in 2017, according to the results of a public opinion survey released Wednesday. The survey conducted by the Hong Kong University found that 38 percent of some 1,000 people polled agreed the Nominating Committee should endorse criteria such as "love China, love Hong Kong" and "not to confront central government" in prescreening candidates for chief executive, while 36 percent of them disagreed.

HK employer charged with attacking Indonesian maids

A Hong Kong mother-of-two was charged Wednesday with a serious assault on her Indonesian domestic helper, in a case which sparked a march by thousands and expressions of concern from Indonesia's President. Law Wan-tung, 44, is accused of causing grievous bodily harm to Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, who is now undergoing hospital treatment in her home country. Law was arrested Monday at Hong Kong airport while about to fly to Thailand.

Hong Kong mother accused of beating maids with mops, clothes hangers gets bail

By Venus Wu and James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong mother of two who a court heard punched her maids, beat them with mops and threatened to kill their relatives was released on bail on Wednesday after she was formally charged in a case that has triggered outrage. Police arrested former beautician Law Wan-tung at the airport on Monday before she boarded a flight to Thailand, since when she has been jeered as a monster on trips between the police station and her home.

Thousands of Hong Kong domestic helpers rally for 'tortured' maid

Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, 22, was reportedly left unable to walk following eight months of abuse in the southern Chinese city and was admitted to an Indonesian hospital in critical condition last week after returning home.

Thousands rally for Indonesian maid ill-treated in Hong Kong

By James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of people rallied in Hong Kong on Sunday to demand justice for a young Indonesian maid who was badly beaten by her employer in a case that has sparked widespread outrage and a police investigation into accusations of torture.

Indonesia maid plans HK return to help torture probe

An Indonesian maid allegedly tortured in Hong Kong hopes to return to the city to help in the investigation against her employer, an official said Wednesday, as more details of her alleged mistreatment emerged. Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, 22, was admitted to hospital in a critical condition in Sragen, on the main Indonesian island of Java, last week after returning home, claiming she had suffered months of abuse in Hong Kong. The case has renewed concern about the treatment of domestic helpers in the former British colony following recent criticism by rights groups.

Anger over alleged torture of maid in Hong Kong

Migrant worker groups in Hong Kong Tuesday expressed anger over the alleged torture of an Indonesian maid after reports the police were not pursuing the case, which has renewed concerns over the abuse of domestic helpers. Erwiana Sulistyaningsih reportedly returned to Indonesia on January 10 after she was allegedly abused and tortured by her employer over the course of eight months. Local migrant worker groups said the 23-year-old remained in hospital in central Java, with her condition improving.
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