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  1. Democracy haters are taking aim at our liberties

    Posted Mar 26th 2010, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... and reduce the number of polling stations, to make it hard for people to participate. So far, so bad. Even worse is the extreme reluctance of government leaders to exercise their right to vote- ... be worried; moves to undermine the rule of law and liberty might spread elsewhere. As the Health Department constantly reminds us, viruses must be contained without delay. Stephen Vines is a Hong ...

  2. Roadshow rolls on with a kinder reception for justice minister

    Posted Jun 09th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... presentations. Using PowerPoint with an Act Now logo, Wong said he often heard protesters chanting that they wanted universal suffrage and the right to elect the chief executive. 'I want universal suffrage too. And I also want the right to elect the chief executive,' he said. However, Wong said that ideals could only be converted into real change by applying realistic thinking. Demands ...

  3. Seats offer fails to convince democrats

    Posted Apr 16th 2010, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung Pan-democrats are being wooed by the government to support its constitutional reform proposal with an offer to scrap appointed seats in the district councils, a day after saying there was no room for compromise. But the offer has received lu ...

  4. Referendum call unites democrats

    Posted Oct 30th 2004, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... the idea, including conducting a 'civil referendum', he said. 'We will not give up. We hope to give the public other channels to express their views on constitutional reform,' ... told the Chinese-language newspaper Beijing's decision not to grant Hong Kong the autonomy and rights guaranteed by the Basic Law would send a negative message to Taiwan. The Hong Kong ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Five from youth group join Legco by-elections

    Posted Apr 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The prospect of competitive by-elections being used as a 'de facto referendum' on universal suffrage now looks increasingly likely, after five members of the youth group Tertiary 2012 submitted their nominations yesterday to contest all five con ...

  7. Pan-democrats divided on how to vote

    Posted Jun 19th 2010, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung and Albert Wong Leading pan-democrats remain split on whether they should pass the government's electoral reforms for 2012 even if Beijing makes concessions. Democratic Party veteran Martin Lee Chu-ming said he would vote against the pr ...

  8. Tsang: I have still not decided whether to vote

    Posted May 07th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... forward democratic reform when he was not even committed to voting. 'A lot of civil servants are worried that if they are caught voting, they will be tagged, and suffer the consequences later... unless you state clearly you will vote, you cannot extinguish this white terror.' Tsang said public servants were free to decide whether to vote. Secretary for the Civil Service ...

  9. Awaiting the big thaw

    Posted Jun 01st 2010, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... Anthony Cheung A week may be a long time in politics. But with only a few weeks left to find a consensus before the government tables the motions on the 2012 electoral changes for a vote in the Legislative Council, the prospect of a breakthrough is still ...

  10. Trade-based seats are still in transition, minister says

    Posted May 08th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... transitional, as previously expressed. Ho cited a government report made in 1999 to the United Nations, under the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in Hong Kong, in which the government- dismissing ... to be a large step... but whether in your eyes this is a large or small step, it is nevertheless a step in the right direction towards universal suffrage.' He said accepting the package would ...




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