Article 23

Snowden a test of America's strident stance on civil rights

People walk past a banner supporting Edward Snowden at Central, Hong Kong's business district. Photo: AP

If Washington is serious about seeking Edward Snowden's extradition, US Congress had better rescind House Resolution 277, passed in 2003, which categorically rejected national security as grounds for curtailing individual freedom in Hong Kong.

Tuesday, 18 June, 2013, 2:05am 6 comments

By staying in Hong Kong, Snowden will shape democracy debate here

Members of League of Social Democrats gather at HSBC headquarters and march to Consulate General of the United States Hong Kong and Macau (Consulate General of The United States of America) to support Edward Snowden. Photo: Edward Wong

In the shock-filled days after the September 11 terrorist attacks, the US Congress hurriedly approved without debate national security measures put forward by the George W. Bush administration called the Patriot Act, which gave the authorities sweeping powers to spy on people. Human rights groups condemned the act as a violation of civil liberties.

15 Jun 2013 - 2:00am 2 comments

Article 23 law is an obligation, says China expert

Rao Geping. Photo: David Wong

Hongkongers should not ignore their obligation to enact national security legislation even as they fight for universal suffrage, a leading mainland expert on the Basic Law says.

8 Mar 2013 - 11:30am 3 comments

Article 23 law when time's right, security chief says

Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok reviews the police passing-out parade yesterday. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Passing the national security legislation required under Article 23 of the Basic Law was a "constitutional responsibility", Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok said yesterday.

But Lai said it should begin only at the appropriate time, and the social and political conditions would be considered before a decision was made.

7 May 2015 - 5:14pm

Pan-dem elders offer a slither of hope

Alan Leong Kah-kit

One-time chief executive wannabe Alan Leong Kah-kit was caught off guard when his radio hosts asked him whether he would accept anti-subversion legislation in exchange for full democracy.

8 Jan 2013 - 4:47am 1 comment

Alan Leong's comments on Article 23 seen as trade-off by fellow democrats

Alan Leong

Civic Party leader Alan Leong Kah-kit has caused a stir by declaring he "did not mind" accepting anti-subversion legislation in Hong Kong if Beijing allows "genuine" universal suffrage.

7 Jan 2013 - 5:44am

Lau Kong-wah, constitutional affairs undersecretary, mum on Article 23

Former legislator Lau Kong-wah who lost his seat in the Legislative Council election, meets reporters at Central Government Offices in Tamar on his first day as Undersecretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs. Photo: Felix Wong

The newly appointed undersecretary for constitutional affairs had little to say about enacting national security legislation on his first day of office yesterday.

Lau Kong-wah, a long-serving Beijing-loyalist lawmaker who was defeated in September's Legislative Council election, would only say he would communicate with all politicians in his new role.

22 Dec 2012 - 3:51am