Basic Law of Hong Kong

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.

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

Hong Kong's right of protest is tarnished by violence

A "Leung rally" activist (centre) scuffles with a person (right) who was holding up Hong Kong's former colonial navy blue flag as marchers referring to themselves as supporters of Hong Kong and of the city's leader, Leung Chun-ying, walk though the streets. Photo: AFP

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

Protesters at a "Protect Lung Mei" rally. Photo: Sam Tsang

Air quality objectives are outdated

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

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm

Independence day

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, two key Basic Law experts 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

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

New chief executive will have to rebuild trust of sceptical Hong Kong citizens

Although the chief executive election produced a mandate for Leung Chun-ying to govern Hong Kong in the next five years, his mandate is naturally limited because of the 'small-circle election'.

The election campaign brought out so many scandals and revelations that the entire political system of Hong Kong is heading towards deep distrust in the coming years.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Unsung heroes wanted at HK's Legco

Marathon meetings, heated debates and mass demonstrations are the words that come to mind when talking about Hong Kong's Legislative Council (Legco), which has just moved to its new premises in Admiralty.

6 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Now's not the time to enact Article 23

With the annual July 1 march approaching, many participants will have vivid memories of the protest in 2003 that defines the event for them. With youth activism on the rise, however, there will be many young marchers for whom the question of new national security laws that prompted 500,000 people to take the streets back then, may not seem relevant.

21 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Blueprint for democratic reform 'must create level playing field'

A future system for electing the chief executive by universal suffrage should not bar any candidates from running based on their political affiliations, executive councillor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said.

18 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Stephen Lam won't discuss remarks by law guardian

The constitutional affairs chief refused to be drawn yesterday on the contention by a mainland scholar and 'young guardian of the Basic Law' that Hong Kong had to pass national security laws before it could have universal suffrage.

18 May 2006 - 12:00am