Civil Rights and Liberties

Bars to balloting

The famous first world war French prime minister Georges Clemenceau is supposed to have said that he who is not a radical when he is young has no heart, and he who is not a conservative when he is old has no head.

Wednesday, 17 December, 2008, 12:00am

Vote may not go to all prisoners

Some prisoners' hopes of voting in Hong Kong's elections could be in vain, with a government announcement that it is considering barring inmates from voting, depending on the length of their jail terms.

16 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Prisoner voting poses challenges: lawmakers

Giving prisoners the right to vote would create some logistical challenges, lawmakers warned yesterday, including the matter of candidates' canvassing in prisons and the risk of vote-buying.

9 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

More flexibility needed on votes for prisoners

The Basic Law guarantees the right to vote to permanent residents of Hong Kong, without exception. But a law passed by the Legislative Council has long denied the vote to those in jail, again without exception. Such a blanket deprivation of prisoners' civil rights is also out of step with development of human-rights law in many democratic societies.

9 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

No excuse for not voting with city's future at stake

The lead-up to the Legislative Council election today does not appear to have generated much enthusiasm. The performance of many candidates at election forums has been lacklustre, and compared to previous Legco elections the political climate is calm. There is no burning issue. But it would be a mistake to think that the stakes in today's polls are low.

7 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Financial woes

A survey has found that very few voters at the Legco elections will focus on universal suffrage when looking at all the issues. Is this understandable in the face of rising inflation and economic uncertainty? Write to us.

18 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

'Long Hair' seeks judicial review of ban on prisoner voting

'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung and his rivals should be free to seek the support of all citizens - including jailed criminals - before the Legislative Council election next month, according to a judicial review application.

14 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Public interest to take centre stage in legal-sector debates

A string of debating forums begins tomorrow for the legal-sector candidates in what promises to be a far more competitive race than in 2004.

11 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Convicted robber asks court for right to vote from inside prison

A convicted armed robber who threatened to blow up several banks in the mid-1990s wants the right to vote.

10 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Boost for freedom to strike

Public perception on the freedom to strike in Hong Kong has risen to a record high since the handover as indicated by the recent cases of industrial action, according to a survey conducted by the University of Hong Kong.

30 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

RTHK ruling a victory for an open society

An RTHK television programme on homosexuals in 2006 resulted in a number of complaints to the Broadcasting Authority. That was not altogether unexpected. But the authority's ruling that the programme was biased towards homosexuals and breached its code of practice on programme standards was controversial - and misguided.

10 May 2008 - 12:00am

Guarded optimism over future of democracy

Any form of a screening mechanism where candidates for chief executive have to be approved before being put to popular vote would not be real democracy, the British consul general said.

Stephen Bradley noted concerns about 'fake democracy' despite the promise by Beijing of universal suffrage for the chief executive in 2017 and the Legislative Council in 2020.

14 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Legco's power limited, notes US

Hongkongers were limited in their ability to change their government, while the legislature's power to affect government policies was restricted, the US state department said in its annual human rights report.

13 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

UK minister refuses to be drawn into debate on suffrage with pan-democrats

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband yesterday disappointed pan-democrats who bemoaned a missed opportunity when he refused to publicly define universal suffrage.

26 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Call for broader talks on suffrage

Pan-democrats want the government to widen the scope of discussion in a new group set up to suggest ways of electing the chief executive and legislature by universal suffrage in 2012.

Their call came as the government announced the appointment of 30 unofficial members to the group on constitutional development under the Commission on Strategic Development.

22 Feb 2008 - 12:00am