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  1. Hong Kong people entitled to basic human right of democracy

    Posted Dec 19th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... inmates to prisons in America. Democracy is a basic human right. It is a fallacy to say that, because Britain did not grant Hong Kong people democracy, China is right to deny such a basic right ... rights, it should be demolished. If a democracy has imperfections and shortcomings, one should denounce them. Ms Lam says that, because the judiciary predominately uses English, Hong Kong ...

  2. Hong Kong could be a beacon of democracy for the mainland

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

    ... 'pragmatic' switch of position to 2012. However, her 2017 fallback option remains a concern to me- Hong Kong already has pragmatism in abundance. Our political leaders ought to sell the vision of a democratic Hong Kong. We should be trailblazing for the mainland, promoting faster growth, higher efficiency, lower corruption, and better human rights on the mainland. The rule of law, press ...

  3. Hong Kong people are mature enough for real democracy

    Posted Jul 19th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The green paper on constitutional reforms is designed to please the mainland authorities, rather than fulfil the Hong Kong people's desire for democracy. Beijing and our own chief ... Hong Kong, it keeps moving the goalposts. In his fine article, Stephen Vines said that 'the level of debate on democratic reform has been reduced to farce as the opponents of change ...

  4. Limits on Hong Kong democracy?

    Posted Mar 02nd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... 'election committee' of which they are part is all the democracy that Hong Kong will get. Denied a vote at the ballot box, those who want better for their daughters and sons will vote ... It is becoming manifestly clear that when China signed up for 'one country, two systems', it wanted Hong Kong as it was at the time of the joint declaration: the Hong Kong ...

  5. Hong Kong can be trusted with democracy

    Posted Apr 28th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... University's law school, broke new ground by laying down six preconditions for universal suffrage in Hong Kong. Veteran Basic Law drafter Xu Chongde questioned democracy's value and argued ... further obstacles in the way of progress. Professor Wang's assertion that Hong Kong is not ready for democracy is difficult to accept. Our city complies with the standards generally applied ...

  6. Hong Kong needs democracy in order to develop

    Posted Dec 23rd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... troubles stem from a systemic problem, namely the lack of a representative legislature that has power to examine, amend, and restrain the government. It is the lack of democracy in Hong Kong ... or the introduction of a functioning democracy, so that people have confidence in (or at least acceptance of) government decisions. A modern society such as Hong Kong needs democracy in order to develop. ...

  7. Milestone poll on path to democracy

    Posted Aug 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... representation system. In New Territories East, 20 slates are fighting for nine seats. But another record is likely to put Hong Kong's democracy to shame. Sixteen unopposed candidates will represent ... is an important milestone towards democracy in Hong Kong. It is in our best interest to make electoral reforms a success. Let's have a clean, fair and open election. ...

  8. Time to plan for future democracy

    Posted Sep 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... it is normal for a country to take care of its cities. However, I am worried that these gifts will make the establishment of democracy in Hong Kong a distant dream. It is high time that our government ... of independence, is always going to have to do as Beijing says. That is how being in a country works. It is hard to imagine how Beijing will be able to allow democracy in Hong Kong and withhold it from ...

  9. Hong Kong's system is running on empty

    Posted Mar 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... is either greater authoritarianism or full democracy. Hong Kong people must choose. Our hybrid governing system is not without political genius. It is an amalgamation of British colonialism ... a Hong Kong citizen today- barring the lack of his right to vote- is as free as anyone living in a full democracy. As the city's mayor, the chief executive leads a government that can ...

  10. Bids to thwart democracy march will lift numbers, organisers say

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

    ... in Hong Kong. Tam Chun-yin, of the Confederation of Trade Unions, said organisers had already submitted their application for the march to police and expected to have discussions with the force ... statue has since been returned to activists for tonight's candle-light vigil in Victoria Park, but its sculptor, Chen Weiming, was denied entry into Hong Kong on Wednesday. But Secretary ...




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