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Basic Law of Hong Kong

Pan-dem elders offer a slither of hope

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.

Tuesday, 8 January, 2013, 4:47am 1 comment

Hong Kong's right of protest is tarnished by violence

Our fine tradition of staging peaceful and orderly demonstrations has been called into question once again. On Sunday, a march in support of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying turned rowdy, with individual participants clashing with some anti-Leung activists. Television footage showed two journalists covering the event in Victoria Park were also mobbed by angry protesters.

1 Jan 2013 - 3:17am 4 comments

Letters to the Editor, December 3, 2012

Air quality objectives are outdated

The government should implement new air quality standards as soon as possible.

3 Dec 2012 - 2:34am

Independence day

"The independence of prosecutorial decision making," said Nicholas Cowdery QC, past president of the International Association of Prosecutors, "is the rock on which we stand." When deciding on cases, prosecutors must act independently. Moreover, like judges, they must also be seen to be acting impartially.

3 Dec 2012 - 6:52am 3 comments

Appeal court judges should all be Chinese nationals, scholars say

All judges of the Court of Final Appeal should be Chinese nationals, to reflect the principle of Hongkongers ruling Hong Kong, two key Basic Law experts say.

The idea was floated by mainland scholar Cheng Jie, who suggested the Court of Final Appeal undergo a reform.

5 Nov 2012 - 7:19am 3 comments

Avoid asking Court of Final Appeal to decide again on right of abode

Mainland mothers giving birth in Hong Kong is a problem that warrants serious attention. Thanks to the liberal regime set out in the Basic Law, non-local Chinese born in the city are also eligible for permanent residency. The eligibility was upheld in a ruling by the city's top court in 2001.

20 Sep 2012 - 2:17am

Legislators who break Basic Law pledge should resign

After a fierce and rip-roaring round of campaign battles, the Legislative Council election is now over, and the elected candidates are preparing for their inaugural session next month. The day will of course be mainly taken up with the swearing-in ceremony for the new members.

20 Sep 2012 - 8:34pm 4 comments

QC to advise on mainland mums

Hong Kong has invited a Queen's Counsel to advise on how to reverse a law that automatically grants right of abode to all babies born to mainland parents in the city.

An expert on the Basic Law said the move was a strong sign the government intended to resolve the matter in the courts.

14 Sep 2012 - 2:59am

Continuing unrest could see Article 23 shelved again

Leo Goodstadt, the head of the Central Policy Unit before the handover, has talked about the colonial administration facing the 'constant menace that Hong Kong would become ungovernable' in the final period of its rule due to its weakened authority.

2 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

July 1 rally may not be held next year

The July 1 rally that has become the annual channel to air all manner of grievances may not be held next year as the organisers find more protests are draining their funds.

Events such as the chief executive election prompted more demonstrations, the Civil Human Rights Front said yesterday.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am