The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo Prampram constituency, Mr Sam George, has called on the government to implement the United Nations (UN) conventions on the statelessness of refugees in the country.
The top US commander in
Afghanistan, Gen John Allen, is being investigated for allegedly sending
"inappropriate emails" to a woman at the centre of a scandal which
ended the career of CIA head David Petraeus.
Final preparations are
under way in the Chinese capital ahead of a Communist Party congress
that will see a new set of leaders unveiled.
All the delegates have arrived in Beijing for the meeting which begins the once-in-a-decade power transfer.
Security is tight across the city, with policemen checking passers-by and transport restrictions in place.
President Hu Jintao is expected to open Thursday's meeting with a work report on achievements and future goals.
Spokesman Cai Mingzhao said the congress "will be one of
great importance, when China is in a crucial stage of building a modern
and prosperous society in all respects, taking on reform and opening up,
and accelerating the transformation of the growth pattern."
A commentary in Party mouthpiece the People's
Daily said that the party was leading the nation on "a path towards
"At the 18th party congress that opens tomorrow, people will hear more interpretations of this path," it said.
No formal schedule for the meeting has been revealed, but Mr Cai announced on Wednesday that it would last one week.
The meeting's more than 2,000 delegates choose a central
committee, which then chooses the country's highest decision-making
body, the Standing Committee of the Politburo.
The process takes place behind closed doors, with the make-up of the top bodies in reality decided ahead of time.
The current Standing Committee has nine members, of whom
seven including Mr Hu and Premier Wen Jiabao are expected to step down.
The other two members, Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang, are
expected to become party leader and deputy respectively. Mr Xi is also
expected to take over from Mr Hu as China's president in March 2013.
Ahead of the congress there has been speculation that the number of seats on the committee will be reduced from nine to seven.
Vice-Premier Wang Qishan, propaganda chief Liu Yunshan, party
organisation chief Li Yuanchao and Vice-Premier Zhang Dejiang are
thought to be the front-runners.
But the exact composition of the committee will not be clear until it is
formally announced next week, likely on 15 November at a plenum
expected to follow the congress.