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Hong Kong court hears landmark maid residency case

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Hong Kong's top court on Tuesday began a hearing to decide whether the hundreds of thousands of domestic workers who make a living in the Asian financial hub are eligible to seek residency. 

Demonstrators display placards asking for equal rights outside the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong on February 26, 2013. Hong Kong's top court on Tuesday began hearing a challenge to the right of abode law in a long-running case that could pave the way for thousands of foreign maids to claim residency in the city.

The case, brought by Filipina maid Evangeline Banao Vallejos, could also reopen the controversial issue of whether children born in Hong Kong to mainland Chinese parents have the right to stay.

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