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  1. Letters

    Posted Apr 16th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... common ground and strike a balance between the interests of all parties concerned. Since the SFC is immune from civil litigation in this legal challenge, it has the responsibility to make sure ... international reputation as a global financial hub. Abraham Razack, Legislative Councillor Voting rights for all prisoners Everyone should have the right to vote in elections, including prisoners. ...

  2. Court asked to suspend prisoner voting ruling

    Posted Feb 24th 2009, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... League of Social Democrats legislator Leung Kwok-hung and two prisoners- sought declarations from the court that the two laws that deprived prisoners of their rights to vote and register as voters were unconstitutional. The move followed a ruling by Mr Justice Cheung in December that the disenfranchisement provisions that limited prisoners' and detained people's rights ...

  3. Functional seats are not a pressing issue, says Henry Tang

    Posted Dec 19th 2009, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... suffrage that should be applied in Hong Kong. 'The definition of universal suffrage is very clear, as stated in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,' he said. Britain ... they will be abolished or evolve, must comply with the principle of universal and equal suffrage. As we still have 11 years to go, there is no need right now to shout the slogan of scrapping functional ...

  4. 'Equal suffrage' does not apply to HK, minister says

    Posted Dec 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Albert Wong A reservation made by the British colonial government when it ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in 1976 still applies to the section ... on the government's stance, unionist Lee Cheuk-yan of the Confederation of Trade Unions said: 'Maria Tam Wai-chu was right: universal suffrage is defined by Beijing'. Tam is a member of the Basic ...

  5. Electoral reform plan must offer real progress

    Posted Oct 20th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Changes for the 2012 elections should pave the way for wider reforms leading to universal suffrage for the chief executive election in 2017 and the Legislative Council elections in 2020. Beijing has ruled that this is possible, and it would reflect the wi ...

  6. League willing to compromise in push for reform

    Posted Sep 09th 2009, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung and Eva Wu The League of Social Democrats yesterday indicated that it was willing to compromise over constitutional reform, after the Civic Party announced a proposal which was close to the League's call for mass resignations designed t ...

  7. Pan-democrats float deal for 2012 as step to universal suffrage

    Posted Aug 29th 2009, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung Pan-democrats yesterday floated a new proposal for the government to consider in exchange for their participation in discussions on electoral reforms for 2012 that fall short of their stated goal of universal suffrage. Two pan-democrats call ...

  8. League may break with other pan-democrats

    Posted Jul 14th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Albert Wong The League of Social Democrats yesterday warned that it could be 'forced to sever' its relationship with other pan-democratic parties by the end of the year over the issue of constitutional reform. The radical group, which has three ...

  9. Legco warned on 'bundling' reforms

    Posted Jan 08th 2009, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... on civil and political rights. The government must clearly declare they would be scrapped under universal suffrage, she said. But legislator Abraham Razack said more time was needed to consider ...

  10. We can't get to 2017 without 2012 reforms

    Posted Feb 15th 2009, 12:00am by Chris Yeung

    ... Chris Yeung Does anyone seriously believe that a stalemate over democratic reforms for elections in 2012 would not deal a setback to the introduction of universal suffrage in 2017? Asked last week what would happen to that timetable if 2012 electoral refo ...




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