British Nationality Law

You can't hurry love ... or pride in country and people

Pink Floyd were wrong when they sang 'We don't need no education', and not just because of their poor grammar. We should all be educated in the history of our own countries. But they were right when they added, 'We don't need no thought control.'

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:03pm

Action on dual citizenship sought

Lawmakers have warned it is time to take action over the growing problem of mainlanders illegally holding dual citizenship.

The dual-nationality debate heated up after a Xinhua report made an unusual reference to the wife of Chongqing's embattled former party chief Bo Xilai as Bo-Gu Kailai, fuelling speculation she may secretly have obtained foreign citizenship.

28 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Danger of hold-ups on British passports

Thousands of British passport holders in Hong Kong and on the mainland face being marooned because of little-known changes in renewal procedures.

Regulations introduced last August mean that the applications are dealt with in Hong Kong but the passports are issued from Britain.

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Filipino couple take their residency fight to court

A Filipino couple fought in court yesterday for their right of abode, in the first case following the victory of a domestic helper last month.

The judicial review at the Court of First Instance was brought by Daniel and Irene Domingo, who have been living in Hong Kong for 26 and 29 years respectively, with three children born here.

19 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Abode rules have served HK well

Right of abode, along with democratic development, must rank as one of the most controversial issues to have dogged Hong Kong in the past quarter of a century.

28 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

The long way home

Where are you from? It seems like a fairly innocent question. Sure, there is the occasional bigot who wants to put people into boxes depending on their place of origin. But for most of us, asking where someone comes from is simply a way to connect our biography with his or hers.

7 Aug 2011 - 12:00am


New course is not about rote exams

As someone who endured the pains of secondary education in Hong Kong under the old system that fostered rote learning, the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education is a welcome sign of progress. The aim is for a more liberal education.

25 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

UK's Bribery Act reflects the reality that today's business has gone global

Britain's Bribery Act comes into effect on July 1. In his opinion piece ('Britain's bribery law crosses the line into imperialism', June 23), Paul Karl Lukacs argues that its provisions amount to an act of 'cultural imperialism'.

We are unapologetic about the introduction of some of the toughest anti-corruption legislation in the world.

27 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Migrant flood turns out a trickle

Confounding predictions that tens of thousands of grown-up mainland children would flood into Hong Kong to reunite with their parents thanks to an easing of the policy on right of abode, only 170 have been issued one-way permits in the programme's first two months.

15 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Trading secrets law in Legco by July

A law that would see listed companies and their directors fined up to HK$8 million if they fail to disclose insider information likely to affect share prices will finally be submitted to the Legislative Council in July.

It is hoped the law will come into effect in the second half of 2012.

12 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

France may join exchange scheme

13 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Clarity required on foreign right of abode

Does having dual nationality, or a foreign right of abode, undermine a person's commitment to serve in the legislature and act in the best interests of constituents? It is a question that each community has to answer for itself.

16 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Race battle may be won, but not the war

China was severely criticised by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination at a meeting in Geneva last month. It was not unexpected, as the hearings came in the wake of riots in Tibet last year and in Xinjiang this year.

8 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Lords back citizenship for BN(O) holders

Peers in the House of Lords last night endorsed a long-desired change to British immigration law, which would open doors to Britain for thousands of Nepali and South Asian people currently living in Hong Kong.

2 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

A welcome correction to citizenship oversight

Questions raised by Hong Kong's return to Chinese rule should have been resolved long ago. Come July 1, 12 years will have passed, providing ample time to deal with the political and social ramifications of the handover from British sovereignty.

31 Mar 2009 - 12:00am