Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
HK Filipina maid wins landmark ruling on residency
A Hong Kong court has ruled that a law banning foreign maids from settling permanently in the city was unconstitutional - a victory for longtime domestic helpers in the city, various news reports said.An image of Hong Kong's Filipino maids, on Flickr
- Hong Kong
- September 30, 2011
Justice Johnson Lam, ruling in the Court of First Instance, rejected arguments by Hong Kong government lawyers that the maids did not have the same residency status as other foreign residents.
Lam said that the immigration provision denying the maids the right to gain permanent residency after seven years - as other foreign residents can - was inconsistent with the Basic Law, Hong Kong's mini-constitution.
According to a Reuters report on GMA News, the decision to grant Evangeline Banao Vallejos the right to apply for residency under the Basic Law could also draw in Beijing, which might seek to reinterpret the laws under which the territory is governed, analysts said.
A big concern among some politicians in Hong Kong is that the verdict favoring the helper would force the government to ask Beijing for an interpretation of the city's constitution because of fears of an influx of migrants.
In 1999, a ruling by Hong Kong's highest court that granted the right of abode to many Chinese citizens, was later overturned by China's top legal body - the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.
That move provoked widespread concern with legal experts saying it undermined Hong Kong's judicial independence.
The Reuters report said the city's immigration ordinance excludes some 290,000 foreign domestic workers - 146,000 from Indonesia and 139,000 from the Philippines - from permanent residency. Of these, 117,000 have been continuously working in Hong Kong for more than 7 years and potentially eligible for residency based on the court's judgment.
HK court backs Filipino woman's fight for residency (GMA News/Reuters)
Filipino maid wins landmark HK ruling on residency (Seattle Post Intelligencer/AP)
Ljubisa Bojic on Flickr
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