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Green Paper on Constuitutional Development

Global chamber criticises scrapping of by-elections

The government will undermine democracy as guaranteed by the Basic Law if it scraps Legco by-elections, the Hong Kong chapter of the International Chamber of Commerce has warned.

Thursday, 22 September, 2011, 12:00am

By-elections bill debacle 'a key lesson'

The postponement of voting on the controversial Legco by-election bill should teach the administration an important lesson, the legislature's House Committee chief said.

12 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Fears of rush job on district council seats

Pan-democrat legislators fear the government may be about to rush through another constitutional amendment - to scrap appointed seats on district councils.

While the camp want the seats, which are filled by government appointees, abolished, some say the administration is trying to bring in the measure too quickly.

16 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Winning ways

To achieve full democracy is the aspiration of most Hongkongers, including the pro-establishment and pro-Beijing political parties, as a way to safeguard our rule of law and freedom. The de facto referendum, triggered by the resignation of five pro-democracy lawmakers, has caused a stir, prompting government allies to boycott it.

13 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Reform proposals under fresh attack from legal experts

Another group of legal experts has criticised the government's proposal for reforming the Legislative Council, saying it exacerbates the inequality of voting power that already blemishes the legislature.

11 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Regina Ip backs reform plan, conditionally

Independent lawmaker Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee and her think tank will support the government's proposal for reforming the Legislative Council in 2012 by adding five seats for district councillors - but only if the voting method is acceptable.

8 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Why should we cling to a colonial escape clause?

The court ruling upholding the legality of corporate voting this week underlines the need for the government to press ahead with democratic reforms.

12 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Britain calls for progressive proposals on universal suffrage in Hong Kong

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband wants the Hong Kong government to present progressive proposals to consultations later this year on the city's move towards universal suffrage.

10 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Core issues remain for HK, report says

The US State Department's human rights report has concluded that the Hong Kong government 'generally respected the human rights of citizens', but it noted some 'core issues remained'.

Its 2008 human rights report on China, which includes a review of Hong Kong and Macau, highlighted areas that required attention.

27 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Government urged to speed up poll reform

A group of public figures and academics has urged the government to stop coming up with 'imaginative' ways to preserve functional constituencies and to begin phasing them out.

12 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

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