Civil Rights and Liberties

Basic Law's promulgators did not mention indirect elections

I refer to Peter Lok's letter ('Indirect election a valid system', February 2).

Tuesday, 12 February, 2008, 12:00am


Opponents of widening jury pool are wrong

The Law Reform Commission has proposed a widening of the jury pool to increase the number of people eligible for jury selection ('Law panel calls for wider jury pool', January 29).

2 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Question of the week: Do you support universal suffrage for Hong Kong?

Ophelia Chan, 17, St Clare's Girls' School

31 Jan 2008 - 12:00am


Legco hijacked by vested interest groups

Michael Chugani was spot-on in his article ('Suspicious minds', January 22).

A sense of helplessness is pressing heavily on Hong Kong and it is not a good thing.

31 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Universal suffrage means voting rights for people, not 'functions'

Tsang Yok-sing ('Equality test', January 15) and Peter Lok ('Direct elections not the only way to achieve universal suffrage', January 16), are wrong to assert that functional constituencies should have a role in our legislature and that they fit with universal suffrage.

The human principle underlying universal suffrage cannot allow companies to elect legislators.

28 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Don't squander the chance for democracy

Politics and the quest for democracy can be a dramatic and absorbing piece of theatre, as events in Pakistan, Kenya and Myanmar have shown recently. In our nightly news bulletins, watched from the safety of our homes in Hong Kong, we have seen extraordinary sacrifice by people brave enough to stand up for their right to make their voices heard.

22 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Direct elections not the only way to achieve universal suffrage

Yes, it's time the fudging stopped ('We must define suffrage', January 12). It has wreaked such havoc that even some pro-establishment people have started to mistakenly believe universal suffrage can only be done through direct elections.

16 Jan 2008 - 12:00am


Declaration is very clear on democracy

I refer, with thanks, to the reply from Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Stephen Lam ('NPC decision a significant step for Hong Kong', January 11) to my request for a precise, National People's Congress definition of universal suffrage ('Defining line', January 4).

15 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Equality test

In his constitutional development report to the National People's Congress Standing Committee last month, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said 'views are still very diverse' on models for forming the Legislative Council by universal suffrage and on how the functional constituencies should be dealt with.

15 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

2017 our real goal for reform, says Anson Chan

Legislative councillor and former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang called for Hong Kong to prepare for universal suffrage in 2017 and 2020 when she joined thousands of people on yesterday's march calling for full democracy in 2012.

14 Jan 2008 - 12:00am


NPC decision a significant step for Hong Kong

I refer to the letter by Graham Warburton ('Defining line', January 4).

Mr Warburton asked me to explain 'what exactly is the NPC's definition of 'universal suffrage' '.

11 Jan 2008 - 12:00am


Attempting to browbeat Beijing will fail

Martin Lee Chu-ming claimed on ATV's Your Turn to Speak on January 3 that it had been promised that universal suffrage would be introduced in 2007 but Beijing rejected it in 2004 without giving any reason.

9 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Compromise is the way forward for the pan-democratic camp

Now the National People's Congress Standing Committee has given its permission for the direct election of the chief executive in 2017 and the legislature thereafter (the earliest by 2020), the pan-democratic camp finds itself caught between a rock and a hard place.

5 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Measured response on suffrage is needed

By announcing a timeframe for universal suffrage in Hong Kong a decade away, Beijing hoped to reduce contention and encourage the political parties to work together. Instead, the decision has provoked passionate protests and backlashes the city has not seen for some time. Perfectly intelligent and informed people have come up with diametrically opposing views.

3 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Democracy and the art of quiet persuasion

Is the glass half full or half empty? This is the question facing the pan-democratic camp as it ponders the way forward in the wake of Beijing's edict on Hong Kong's democracy timetable. It's half empty, plainly, because dual universal suffrage for 2012 exists only in theory, not reality.

2 Jan 2008 - 12:00am