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  1. Reform paper flouts Basic Law, Law Society says

    Posted Feb 04th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Law's principle of 'gradual and orderly progress', the Law Society says. In its submission, released yesterday, on the document, the society concludes the reform proposals ... councillors- in 2012. It also proposes that the Election Committee that will select the chief executive be expanded by half to 1,200 members. The society is urging the government to put forward ...

  2. Allowing inmates to vote gives them role in society

    Posted Feb 10th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The question is no longer whether prisoners should have the right to vote while paying their debt to society, but whether that right should be restricted. A blanket ban on prisoner voting ... to society does not mean loss of human rights under the Basic Law and the Hong Kong Bill of Rights. The Basic Law guarantees permanent residents the right to vote, without exception. But a law passed ...

  3. RTHK ruling a victory for an open society

    Posted May 10th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... restrictions may be imposed, when such limits are necessary to protect society or other rights. But the action taken by the Broadcasting Authority falls far short of the standards which must be met ... and tolerant society. It is good to see the courts upholding this right. ...

  4. Legal groups question 'step-by-step' poll reform

    Posted Oct 16th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... be too much in 'a single step'. In a separate submission, the Bar Association concurred with the Law Society. It argued that a specific article in the International Covenant on Civil ... development. The Law Society said the government's suggestion of a 'step-by-step' approach to democracy was capable of leading to absurd results. The society said that for the nominating ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Legal group produces handbook for protesters

    Posted Jan 06th 2013, 12:00am by Lana Lam

    ... about rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights," he said. "Everyone has an opinion and I welcome protests because they help society to work out ... of legal professionals to produce a handbook to explain their rights. The new Hong Kong Civil Liberties Union has published the five-page booklet in Chinese and English. It follows a seven-fold ...

  6. 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 the case is handled with prudence and be impartial to all parties. The issue has already aroused widespread concern in society and laid bare numerous legal and structural loopholes. When the dust ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - WHAT THE MAINLAND MEDIA SAY

    Fruit knife detention pierces concepts of freedom

    Posted Feb 24th 2013, 12:00am by Keith Zhai

    ... Keith Zhai Three-day detention for carrying small blade tells some they can be locked up for trivial reasons For many, fruit knife incident pierces concepts of freedom For many mainlanders, freedom of speech and of the press, and the right to vote, are lofty ideals that few expect to enjoy. Many are content with the pragmatic freedom to live in a safe society and be able go ...

  8. Convicted robber asks court for right to vote from inside prison

    Posted Aug 10th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... himself,' his 27-page application, dated August 8, says. 'He considers that voting and participating in civic society is one step towards his reformation. He believes that prisoners should ...

  9. More flexibility needed on votes for prisoners

    Posted Dec 09th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... again without exception. Such a blanket deprivation of prisoners' civil rights is also out of step with development of human-rights law in many democratic societies. For years ... to register as a voter. Prisoners' right to vote has long been debated in democratic societies. In Hong Kong, the traditional view in Britain has prevailed- that civil rights forfeited by anyone ...

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

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

    ... with the online publication Hong Kong Journal, Mr Tsang said he was 'not optimistic' that society would reach a consensus on the arrangements for the 2017 and 2020 polls when designing a system ... for the introduction of universal suffrage in 2017. If society cannot see eye to eye on electoral reforms at the midpoint between the NPC's 2007 pronouncement and the target date for introducing universal ...




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