Civil Rights and Liberties

80pc want universal suffrage early

Nearly 80 per cent of Hong Kong people want universal suffrage as early as possible with the government urged to set up a 'well-represented' advisory committee to map out election arrangements, a poll shows.

Wednesday, 3 August, 2011, 12:00am

Appointed seats must be scrapped

A year after the political reform package for the 2012 polls was passed, the government has yet to make good the promise of abolishing the appointed seats in district councils. When asked about the lack of progress last week, constitutional chief Stephen Lam Sui-lung said only that he aims to table the proposals before the district council polls in November.

4 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Groping in the dark

The Hong Kong government will shortly introduce into the Legislative Council draft legislation specifying the arrangements for the election of the chief executive and legislators in 2012. The proposals will seek to put flesh on the bones of the controversial electoral reform package, approved by the legislature in June.

2 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Back-room manoeuvres a threat to 2017 election

Despite the passing of the constitutional reform package in June and Beijing's various decisions on the issue, much of Hong Kong's political future remains uncertain.

24 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Pan-democratic parties call for suffrage law

Large political parties in the fractured pan-democratic camp have issued a unified demand for the government to introduce one-off legislation laying out a clear roadmap towards universal suffrage.

The call comes despite an earlier split in the camp in the wake of the so-called de-facto referendum and the passing of the government's electoral reform package for 2012.

22 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Liu Xiaobo's pro-Western bias blinds him to China's real needs

Most commentaries on Liu Xiaobo say more about the writers than about Liu. Tony Hung ('Balance and fairness missing', October 14) is no doubt right that it is unfair to pick on Liu's comment made decades ago about the need to colonise China for 300 years by a Western power to achieve freedom. If asked today, Liu would probably not repeat it.

19 Oct 2010 - 12:00am


Indirect election can still be democratic

I refer to the letter by Mercy Wong Chung-yan ('Democrats lost their direction', July 7).

13 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

A big step forward, but hard questions loom

The die has been cast. The government's amended constitutional reform package pushes the elections in 2012 in a more democratic direction and moves our city forward towards universal suffrage.

25 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Reform row makes one a quitter, others bitter

The looming vote for major political reform - the first in Hong Kong history - has split the pan-democratic camp, leading one lawmaker to apologise to voters, another to quit the party he helped form and others to trade personal attacks with friends.

24 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Only one sensible option left over vote

At last, a breakthrough on democratic reform. Beijing appears to have approved a Democratic Party proposal to amend the government's plans. If so, this should be sufficient to secure enough votes from lawmakers to see the package passed. Common sense - and political necessity - appears to have prevailed.

21 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Pan-democrats divided on how to vote

Leading pan-democrats remain split on whether they should pass the government's electoral reforms for 2012 even if Beijing makes concessions.

19 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Civic education must be an open-minded process

Civic education helps prepare young people for their role as responsible citizens by imparting knowledge and skills that will help them participate effectively in community, government and political affairs. It should be an open-minded process geared to their maturing ability to grasp institutional and political concepts.

17 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Two sides of the coin

Good things come in small packages ... or do they? The recent constitutional reform package proposed by the government has, not surprisingly, been controversial.

17 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Fung stays anti-reforms

With moderate pan-democrats being accused of compromising their principles, Frederick Fung Kin-kee yesterday reiterated his position that the government's proposed electoral reforms would not be sufficient to obtain his support.

16 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

More want veto of reforms if they lack suffrage road map

The number of people who believe the government's electoral reform proposal should be vetoed if there is no clear road map to universal suffrage has hit a new high, according to a Chinese University survey.

16 Jun 2010 - 12:00am