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Civil Rights and Liberties

Beijing law expert backs trade seats in reform debate

Implementing universal suffrage does not mean that functional constituencies have to be abolished, a leading mainland expert on Hong Kong affairs says.

Friday, 27 November, 2009, 12:00am

Why should we tolerate this zero-sum game?

There's a very strange phenomenon occurring in relation to the consultation on constitutional development by 2012, and it can easily be seen by any disinterested observer.

27 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Reform proposals leave much work still to do

Expectations were not high ahead of the release of the government's reform proposals for the 2012 elections. Details leaked in advance watered down any impact they might have had. But even by that measure the proposals unveiled yesterday for a public consultation were disappointing. A chance for substantial progress towards universal suffrage has been passed up.

19 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

No sign pan-democrats will support proposals

Pan-democrats show no sign of considering the political reform model proposed in the consultation paper yesterday.

19 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

We'll listen to talk about a road map, Tang says

There is no road map and no commitment on any reforms beyond 2012, but the government has promised to gather views on possible models for universal suffrage during the public consultation and pass them to the next administration - a move a leading democrat described as opening a 'small door' to dialogue.

19 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Only path to universal and equal suffrage

Changes to the 2012 elections are supposed to pave the way towards universal suffrage in 2017 in accordance with the 'gradual and orderly' progress laid down in the Basic Law. But the need for the support of the pan-democratic camp if they were to go ahead loomed as a serious obstacle.

9 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Electoral reform plan must offer real progress

Changes for the 2012 elections should pave the way for wider reforms leading to universal suffrage for the chief executive election in 2017 and the Legislative Council elections in 2020. Beijing has ruled that this is possible, and it would reflect the wishes of the Hong Kong people for democracy. To prepare the ground, however, the changes for 2012 must be meaningful.

20 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Let's get through 2012 without a repeat of 2005

As expected, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen had little to say in his policy address about constitutional development.

The public consultation process, originally scheduled for the first quarter of this year, will begin next month. But it will be limited to electoral arrangements for 2012.

19 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Suffrage campaign launched

A group of members of the committee that elects the chief executive want public support for a call they have made for a consultation on how full universal suffrage will be implemented in 2017 and 2020. The group, representatives of the city's professionals on the Election Committee, yesterday began a campaign to urge people to back their demand.

24 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Tsang, democracy's dangling modifier

When Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen campaigned for re-election in 2007, he sounded like a fervent supporter of democracy, vowing that, if elected, he would 'resolve the universal suffrage issue before 2012' and would not leave it to his successor.

22 Sep 2009 - 12:00am