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  1. Statute of liberty

    Posted May 24th 2006, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... against human rights in the name of counter-terrorism. People are no longer willing to buy the fallacious argument that reducing our liberty will increase our security.' As the international ... on Civil and Political Rights, and agreed to host a UN Special Rapporteur on torture last year. But many of the rapporteur's recommendations were rejected. Amnesty expresses optimism ...

  2. Democracy model

    Posted Jul 26th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Several universal suffrage models for chief executive elections have been floated by the government, all proposing Hongkongers vote for candidates to be selected by a nominating committee. What do you think of the models? Write to us ...

  3. Two players in harmony

    Posted Jul 17th 2006, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... Anthony Cheung What are the advantages of a bicameral Legislative Council for Hong Kong? Sir David Akers-Jones, a leading advocate of the idea, wrote in this newspaper recently that it would, first, enable the directly elected half to be enlarged, and to ...

  4. Democrats advised to improve business links

    Posted Feb 13th 2006, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... Jimmy Cheung The democrats should better engage the business sector and the Commission on Strategic Development for an early consensus on universal suffrage, Executive Councillor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said. He suggested a three-pronged strategy for th ...

  5. Vigilance needed to ensure media freedom

    Posted May 03rd 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... World Press Freedom Day tends to get a little lost among other United Nations days to promote causes such as peace, human rights and the protection of women and children. But it is a time to remember that press freedom is a benchmark of free speech, a right guaranteed under international human-rights laws but still not enjoyed by many people around the world. So long ...

  6. Treaty breach?

    Posted Mar 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong's electoral arrangements breach an international rights treaty, according to the United Nations. Is this city's lack of universal suffrage an international or a domestic issue? Write to us ...

  7. 'Welfarism' dangers seen on the path to democracy

    Posted May 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Gary Cheung

    ... Gary Cheung Members of a government-appointed panel exploring the path to universal suffrage agree Hong Kong should maintain its capitalist system while evolving to full democracy, with some warning of the danger of 'welfarism' during the proces ...

  8. Attaining democracy

    Posted Mar 24th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Implementing universal suffrage too quickly could turn Hong Kong into a welfare state, says the government. A capitalist system must be part of the process. Is the administration stalling on one man, one vote? Write to us ...

  9. Tsang owes Hong Kong and UN answers on democracy

    Posted Apr 06th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... obligations as a signatory of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Over the same period of time, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen will have to tell the public his proposals ... government has done nothing, in clear mockery of the covenant. It is Mr Tsang's responsibility to do everything he can to protect the civil and political rights of the people of Hong Kong. ...

  10. On liberty, smoking and the need for a nanny state

    Posted Oct 25th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the population is simply wrong.' ('Smoking ban should not be weakened further', October 20). It is no such thing; it is 'simply right', in fact, that government should protect the rights of minorities. As the philosopher John Stuart Mill said on the topic about 150 years ago: 'The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilised ...




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