🌊 Int'l Bar Association urges for suspension of extradition treaties with HK
Also, we don't talk about Singapore (not to Carrie, at least) 🤫
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On Today’s Tide:
NSL | International Bar Association calls for suspension of extradition treaties with HK
CE defends HK’s COVID strategies as Singapore announces relaxation of its pandemic restrictions
Teachers will soon be required to get a third jab for school resumption
CE asks for more mainland experts to come and help HK (again)
Society | Nearly 100,000 people have applied for the HK$10,000 jobless subsidy
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Education | Special DSE arrangements for students deemed close contacts of COVID patients
Economy | 59 percent of HK social enterprises fear bankruptcy amid fifth wave: new survey
Travel | HK flight searches soar following relaxation of flight bans and shortened quarantine
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International Bar Association calls for suspension of extradition treaties with Hong Kong
The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has called on overseas governments to suspend extradition treaties with Hong Kong amid accusations of alleged intimidation towards human rights defenders by Hong Kong authorities.
This comes just two weeks after Benedict Rogers, a British citizen and co-founder of Hong Kong Watch – a non-governmental UK-based organization monitoring the city’s human rights situation, received a letter from the National Security Bureau ordering him to take down his website, citing its threat China’s national security.
CE hits back at HK-Singapore COVID comparisons
When asked yesterday whether Hong Kong should follow regional rival Singapore’s lead of easing most COVID-19 restrictions to begin living with the virus, CE Carrie Lam hit back saying the city would instead “chart its own way out of the pandemic”, adding that there is no “one size fits all” strategy.
The CE also appeared to play down comparisons after being asked if Singapore had “snatched Hong Kong’s crown as Asia’s global hub”, arguing Hong Kong remains an “attractive world financial centre, aviation hub, and a good place to live and work”.
New cases: 13,074 (5,732 PCR, 7,342 RAT)
Total cases: 1,101,225
New deaths: 152 (49 backlog)
Total deaths: 6,770
Other COVID-19 Updates:
• Education secretary Kevin Yeung yesterday said that teachers would eventually be required to get a third jab in order for them to resume full in-person classes.
• CE Carrie Lam said yesterday that she has requested the central government to send more delegations of mainland experts to come to Hong Kong, pledging to step up use the of traditional Chinese medicine to treat COVID-19 patients.
• The government has announced it will set up a new temporary pop-up community vaccination centre on Caroline Hill Road in Causeway Bay on March 29. The centre will offer the BioNTech vaccine to those aged 12 and above, with online booking starting today.
• The newly constructed Yuen Long Tam Mei Community Isolation Facility opened yesterday, making it the sixth such facility to be completed with mainland assistance.
• Four residential blocks in Kwun Tong, Aberdeen, Sham Shui Po, and Tsuen Wan have been placed under lockdown for overnight testing after their sewage samples tested positive for COVID-19.
Nearly 100,000 people have applied for the HK$10,000 jobless subsidy
Almost 100,000 people have now signed up for a HK$10,000 unemployement subsidy a day after applications first opened, according to official government statistics.
From Wednesday, Hongkongers were able to apply for the ‘Temporary Unemployment Relief Scheme’, a new subsidy introduced to provide assistance to those who have lost their jobs due to the fifth wave of COVID-19. Eligible applicants can submit their applications online by following the details provided on the official website before April 12.
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