UN China agree to cooperate on civil and political rights program

The agreement, signed by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour and China’s Assistant Foreign Minister Shen Goufang, covers projects to assist China find alternative penalty measures to imprisonment and help the country revise its criminal law procedure, while facilitating civil society capacity building. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said the agreement should also help to incorporate human rights education into the curricula of primary and secondary schools, universities and public servant education, and help authorities as they study the establishment of a national human rights institution.OHCHR has been engaged in dialogue with China since 1998 when both signed a “memorandum of intent”. A first “memorandum of understanding”, setting a cooperation programme in motion, was concluded in September 2000. During her visit to China, which is scheduled to last through 2 September, Ms. Arbour also met with non-government organization (NGO) representatives, including the China Society for Human Rights Studies, China Disabled People’s Federation, Beijing Children’s Legal Air Fund and Research Center, the Beijing Bar Association and the Women’s Law Research and Service Center of Beijing University Law School. read more

Night Tube to start on Piccadilly line on December 16 as final 24hour

first_imgTwo women take a selfie on a platform at Oxford Circus Tube stationCredit:DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP Mayor of London Sadiq Khan (centre) travelling with passengers on a Victoria line tube train during the launch of London's Night Tube August London’s Night Tube service on the Piccadilly line will begin on December 16, it has been announced.Sadiq Khan, the London Mayor, said the decision fulfilled his pledge to have five lines running throughout the night on Fridays and Saturdays by the end of the year.All-night services have already begun on the Victoria, Central and Jubilee lines, with the Northern line to begin on November 18.The 24-hour weekend Piccadilly line service will run between Cockfosters and Heathrow Terminal 5. It will mean that late-night revellers will be able to travel home from Christmas parties by the Piccadilly line this year. This could make it easier for passengers catching early morning weekend flights from the west London airport, as well as provide another transport option for people working at or visiting bars, restaurants and music venues in Kensington, Hammersmith and the West End.Mr Khan said: “I pledged to introduce five Night Tube services before the end of the year, and it gives me great pleasure to announce the start date of the fifth of these, the Piccadilly line services.”We’ve seen how enthusiastically Londoners have embraced the Night Tube, and I am delighted that we’ve exceeded expectations with more than one million journeys made already.”The addition of the Piccadilly line will help even more thousands of Londoners every weekend, from those taking in the capital’s cultural landmarks to the many workers who keep London open around the clock.” Julian Bird, chief executive of the Society of London Theatre, said: “The Piccadilly line runs through the heart of theatreland and, once it begins running for 24 hours at the weekend, will give our audiences the flexibility to explore the West End’s vibrant nightlife, making that trip to the theatre even more special.”Moreover, the Night Tube has already proven to be a tremendous asset to the industry, helping our staff and performers get home in the quickest possible way.”The long-awaited Night Tube launched in August – almost a year later than planned. Two women take a selfie on a platform at Oxford Circus Tube station Mayor of London Sadiq Khan (centre) travelling with passengers on a Victoria line tube train during the launch of London’s Night Tube AugustCredit:Yui Mok/PAcenter_img A man sleeps on the floor of a London Underground train at nightCredit:DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP A man sleeps on the floor of a London Underground train at night Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Night Tube map It was due to start on five lines at weekends last September, but was beset by delays amid a campaign of staff strike action.Unions maintained that Transport for London (TfL) could have introduced the Night Tube earlier, but it took 18 months of “tortuous” negotiations before a deal on pay and conditions was agreed.Transport for London said the Night Tube will reduce journeys by an average of 20 minutes and some by more than an hour. It is estimated it will boost London’s night-time economy by £360million.last_img read more