Office of Commissioner of MFA, DSI, DSAJ and IFT jointly hold “Fundamental Rights and Duties of Residents, Nationality Law, Consular Protection and Consular Services” thematic seminar

The speakers introduced fundamental rights and duties of Macao residents, Nationality Law, and consular protection and consular services to the students.

In order to enrich the knowledge of Macao university students on the fundamental rights and duties of Macao residents, the Nationality Law and consular protection and consular services under the framework of the Constitution and the Basic Law, the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of People’s Republic of China in the Macao SAR (hereinafter called Office of the Commissioner of MFA), the Identification Services Bureau (hereinafter called DSI), the Legal Affairs Bureau (hereinafter called DSAJ) and the Macao Institute for Tourism Studies (hereinafter called IFT) jointly held a seminar on “Constitution and Basic Law – Fundamental Rights and Duties of Macao Residents, Nationality Law, Consular Protection and Consular Services”, which is part of the thematic seminar series for higher education institutions. Since the launching of the thematic seminar series for higher education institutions last year, prominent results have been made in promoting the Constitution and the Basic Law. In order to enhance the relevant knowledge of more university students, the organizer held the fifth thematic seminar for higher education institutions at IFT on 22 March 2016. The keynote speakers of this seminar are Mr. Weng Jinshan, the first class secretary of the Office of Commissioner of MFA, and Ms. Wong Pou Ieng, Head of Department of Residents Identification of DSI. Mr. Huang Jianbin, representative of the Office of the Commissioner of the MFA, Mr. Ng Chi Meng, Head of Department of Travel Documents of DSI, Ms. Lo Cheng Peng, Head of Legal Dissemination and Public Relations Department of DSAJ, Mr. Chu Chan Weng, Head of Technical and Academic Support Division of IFT, and more than 100 students have attended the seminar. In the seminar, Ms. Wong Pou Ieng introduced the composition of Macao Residents and their fundamental rights and duties, as well as the implementation of the Nationality Law in the Macao SAR. On the other hand, Mr. Weng Jinshan introduced the main tasks of the Department of Consular Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in regard to consular protection and consular services and shared the cases of consular protection happened in recent years. In particular, he explained how Chinese citizens request assistance from the embassies or consulates of China in case of emergency in other countries with specific examples, enabling students to deepen their knowledge on consular protection and consular services further. In addition to this thematic seminar, the organizer will hold a small discussion forum as an extended activity, which creates relaxing atmosphere for students and scholars to exchange thoughts and opinions on the issues of the Constitution and the Basic Law, fundamental rights and duties of Macao residents, Nationality Law, as well as consular protection and consular services.

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