Civil Rights and Liberties

Trade-based seats backed

Trade-based functional constituencies can exist under a system of universal suffrage as long as all members of the public are allowed to vote in them, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung said yesterday.

Tuesday, 1 January, 2008, 12:00am

A big step but still a long way to go

Yesterday's NPC Standing Committee decision on a timetable for democracy will bring seismic changes in the political landscape and mainland-Hong Kong relations.

By giving a nod to universal suffrage in 2017, having ruled out 2012, Beijing has made a significant attempt to end the decades-long row over the pace of democratisation.

30 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Donald Tsang's statement on the NPC decision

This is an edited version of the chief executive's statement on the NPC Standing Committee's decision:

Fellow citizens,

30 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

It's a pity our dissidents can't compromise

At the time of writing, the National People's Congress Standing Committee has not made its ruling on the next stage of Hong Kong's constitutional development. Outside, the temperature is dropping and some second-tier members of the Democratic Party are doing a marathon hunger strike outside the legislature.

28 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Hunger strikers to push case for reform

Pan-democrats plan to fast over Christmas

Pan-democrats will take it in turns to go without food over the Christmas holiday in a final effort to make the case for the introduction of universal suffrage in 2012 - which Beijing is expected to rule out next week.

22 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Democracy 'not in pocket', warns Anson Chan

Legislator Anson Chan Fang On-sang has urged people not to give up the fight for universal suffrage in 2012 until there is a clear timetable for the implementation of 'one person, one vote'.

17 Dec 2007 - 12:00am


Speech on pace of democracy so disappointing

For those of us who support the introduction of universal suffrage in 2012 the speech by Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen was disappointing ('2017 acceptable, Tsang tells Beijing', December 13).

15 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Stage set for NPC to rule out suffrage in 2012

Two key findings on the introduction of universal suffrage included in the administration's report to Beijing on constitutional development speak volumes about the problems the government faces in trying to resolve the democratisation issue.

13 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

So far, so good, but we still need a timetable

The chief executive's report to Beijing on the way Hong Kong people view democratic reform highlights the community's desire for universal suffrage in 2012 - and the difficulty we face in bringing that about. It also, unwittingly, reveals the reason why such reforms are necessary.

13 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Popular poll

A record 1.149 million people voted in the district council elections. What will political experts make of this and does it strengthen the hand of those who want an early transition to universal suffrage? Write to us.

20 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

I paid price for Article 23, says Regina Ip

Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee yesterday questioned how many people who had criticised the controversial shelved Article 23 national security bill had 'actually looked at it', while admitting she had paid a price for promoting it when she was security chief.

16 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

We must move slowly on the path to universal suffrage

I do not agree with J. Y. K. Cheng's simplistic view of universal suffrage ('Universal suffrage an important checks and balances system', October 11).

Though it can guarantee the involvement of every citizen, the effectiveness of universal suffrage depends on the quality of the elected government.

17 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Legal groups question 'step-by-step' poll reform

The two bodies representing Hong Kong's lawyers have questioned the assumptions about key Basic Law principles in the government's green paper on political development.

The Law Society said the government's suggestion of a 'step-by-step' approach to democracy was capable of leading to absurd results.

16 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Our city's goal must be full democracy

The question of universal suffrage occupied only three paragraphs in Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's policy address last Wednesday. This was not surprising, given that the public consultation on constitutional reform ended the same day. In the months ahead, though, the issue should take centre stage.

15 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Universal suffrage an important checks and balances system

Ada Sinn is not seeing universal suffrage in its true colours ('Seeing universal suffrage as a dangerous double-edged sword', September 28).

11 Oct 2007 - 12:00am