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Hong Kong Appeals Historic Domestic Workers’ Residency Case

Posted February 21st, 2012 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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Hong Kong’s government is appealing a landmark court ruling that could eventually lead to foreign maids winning permanent residency in the territory. Hong Kong’s mini-constitution allows foreign residents to apply for permanent residency after they have lived in the city for seven years — a right denied to Hong Kong’s nearly 300,000 foreign domestic helpers. […]

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Rights Groups Welcome Cambodian’s Ban on Workers to Malaysia

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 4:15 am (UTC-5)
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Human rights groups are welcoming a decision by Cambodia to stop sending domestic workers to Malaysia while Phnom Penh investigates several recent cases of sexual and other abuse. Rights groups in both countries said Monday the ban should not be lifted until measures are in place to make sure the maids are not exploited by […]

Maids Win Right to Apply for Hong Kong Residency

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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Hong Kong’s High Court has ruled that an immigration law banning foreign maids from permanent residency is unconstitutional — a landmark decision that could pave the way for many applications from domestic helpers. The court found Friday that employment and immigration law discriminates against Hong Kong’s nearly 300,000 mostly Indonesian and Filipino maids. All other […]

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Maids Win Right to Apply for Hong Kong Residency

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 12:40 am (UTC-5)
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Hong Kong’s High Court has granted a maid from the Philippines the right to apply for permanent residency, in a landmark decision for foreign domestic helpers in China’s special administrative region. The High Court ruled immigration laws barring foreign maids from applying for permanent residency violate Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, called the Basic Law. All other […]

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Philippines Rescues Two Maids From Gadhafi Kin’s Residence

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 11:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Philippines officials say they are bringing home two Philippine maids who asked to be rescued from the Libyan home of a nephew of deposed leader Moammar Gadhafi. The foreign ministry said Tuesday the two women fled the residence Monday and were picked up by Philippine embassy cars that had taken up positions outside the Libyan […]

Hong Kong Immigration Case Sparks Fierce Debate

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 1:40 am (UTC-5)
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A Hong Kong court is hearing a challenge to the territory’s immigration law that could possibly clear the way for almost 300,000 foreign domestic workers to acquire permanent residency. Current law permits foreigners who have lived in Hong Kong for seven years to apply for permanent status, earning the right to vote and open a […]

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