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  1. News - Hong Kong

    One law for us, and another for the favoured few

    Posted Apr 20th 2014, 05:33am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring Philip Bowring says it can only be to Hong Kong's great detriment that, from political fundraising to fisheries protection, the rule of law appears to have been applied selectively One law for us, one for the few The rule of law in Hong Kong is being eroded, little by little. Seemingly small episodes become cumulative as executive fiat takes precedence over law ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Article 23 national security law is too hot to handle for now

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 04:28am by SCMP Editorial

    ... the national security law certainly make thing worse. Instead of contributing to a cordial atmosphere for trust and dialogue, it unnecessarily distracts the focus and risks further polarising ... The unpopular law has been largely forgotten by the public since 2003, after half a million protesters took to the street and forced the then chief executive to withdraw it. Successive governments have ...

  3. Comment - Letters

    Hong Kong's outdated copyright laws a barrier to development

    Posted Apr 10th 2014, 05:16am by LETTERS

    ... in place. But we are concerned that Hong Kong's copyright laws are falling behind other territories, which could prove an obstacle to it becoming an intellectual property trading hub. ... of such far-sighted legislation, which has encouraged investments in the creative industries. Without appropriate laws, intellectual property will be devalued, for instance because of access to infringing ...

  4. Comment - Letters

    Government must stop dragging its feet on an archives law

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 06:02am by LETTERS

    ... SCMP Editorial Government must stop dragging its feet on an archives law The ombudsman's report, published last month, recommended that the government enact laws in support ... these recommendations. At long last, we have an independent government body stating what many of us have known and campaigned for over many years, including this newspaper. Namely, that an archives law ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    As the government has shown, Basic Law text is open to interpretation

    Posted Mar 26th 2014, 05:23pm by Cliff Buddle

    ... Cliff Buddle Cliff Buddle says previous controversies have shown that the Basic Law text is open to interpretation, no matter what officials might tell us today Word power The government's enthusiasm for closely following the wording of the Basic Law on universal suffrage is easy to understand. The law's apparent requirement that candidates for chief executive ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong must stop dodging issue of an archives law

    Posted Mar 26th 2014, 05:12am by SCMP Editorial

    ... to renew the momentum for legislation is regrettable. Lai is not alone in feeling embarrassed that the city is lagging way behind the US, Britain, Australia and mainland China, where laws are in place to protect citizens' right to information. There is an unequivocal case for Hong Kong to follow. Yet officials continue to dodge the pressure with a study by the Law Reform ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Law must adapt to keep tabs on technology

    Posted Mar 18th 2014, 04:39am by SCMP Editorial

    ... to do is no different from domestic television broadcasting. He is using the same technology that TVB and ATV are using. The law has clear provisions on what constitutes broadcasting. If Wong's operation is essentially no different from free television, the Communications Authority was right in enforcing the law. The controversy underlines the need to keep our legislation in pace ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong needs a dedicated anti-trafficking law

    Posted Mar 10th 2014, 05:26pm by GRENVILLE CROSS

    ... Grenville Cross Grenville Cross says we must act, given our role as a transit and destination city for forced labour A dedicated anti-trafficking law will ensure Hong Kong pulls its weight ... insists that existing laws are adequate, that it is committed to combating human trafficking, and that trafficking cases, though rare, are taken seriously. In 2012, for example, the police broke ...

  9. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Flawed forecasts from fiscal working group defy laws of the universe

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 12:44am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Fiscal group's inflation figures fail to account for temporary anomalies that will self-correct Flawed forecasts defy the laws of the universe we live in Advisers warn of Greek-style debt meltdown SCMP headline, March 4 Me, I happen to live on the third planet in orbit around a minor star called the sun in the Orion arm of the Milky Way galaxy. Where ...

  10. Comment

    US sets dangerous precedent in denying visa to Hamid Aboutalebi

    Posted Apr 21st 2014, 06:04pm by KANTHATHI SUPHAMONGKHON

    ... Both houses of the US Congress voted unanimously to prevent Aboutalebi from entry into the US. Though US President Barack Obama has signed the bill into law, he made clear he would treat the law "as advisory". He said the law could curb his power under the US constitution to receive or reject ambassadors, thus he would consider it "advisory in circumstances in which ...




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