Gay rights needs a consultation

Take next step for gay rights. Photo: Nora Tam

People fighting for a law to protect equal rights for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people must be upset by Leung Chun-ying's decision against a formal consultation on the matter.

Friday, 25 January, 2013, 2:52am 2 comments

Hong Kong's graft laws apply to Zhu Rongji's son and other members of new body

Laura Cha Shih May-lung. Photo: Nora Tam

The son of former premier Zhu Rongji and other financial heavyweights appointed to the new Financial Services Development Council will be subject to the city's anti-corruption laws as if they were public officials.

19 Jan 2013 - 7:40am 1 comment

Paul Shieh chosen to lead Hong Kong Bar Association

Kumar Ramanathan (left), the former bar chairman, congratulates his successor, Paul Shieh, yesterday. Photo: Edward Wong

Bar Association vice-chairman Paul Shieh Wing-tai SC will take the helm of the 1,000-member professional body from today after being elected as the new leader yesterday.

18 Jan 2013 - 5:06am 1 comment

Right of abode? What about the right to wear wigs, ask lawyers

Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma delivers a speech at the ceremonial opening of the legal year yesterday. Photo: Sam Tsang

Litigation over the right of abode may be a prime concern in legal circles, but Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li has another headache to work on: should solicitors be allowed to wear wigs in court like barristers?

The Law Society, with more than 8,000 solicitors as members, deems the wearing of wigs essential in helping to ensure justice is done.

15 Jan 2013 - 9:21am 10 comments

Christians in prayer rally to fight gay law proposal

Protesters at the government headquarters, where organisers said 50,000 gathered. Police put the figure at 5,000. Photo: Edward Wong

Thousands of Christians staged a rally outside government headquarters yesterday to show their opposition to proposed legislation that would outlaw discrimination against sexual minorities.

14 Jan 2013 - 7:26am 39 comments

Legal group produces handbook for protesters

Craig Choy with the booklet explaining civil rights for protesters. Photo: Nora Tam

A big rise in the number of arrests of demonstrators has prompted a group of legal professionals to produce a handbook to explain their rights.

6 Jan 2013 - 2:01pm 1 comment

Experts unsure about law that orders mainlanders to visit elderly parents

A revised law says people must take care of the emotional well-being of their elderly parents. Photo: AP

An amended law requiring adult children to visit their elderly parents "often" has highlighted the problem of the mainland's swelling ranks of "empty nest" families. Experts doubt the change in law will help.

2 Jan 2013 - 10:28am 1 comment

Anhui man secretly detained after land dispute hearing

A picture of Wang showing his wounds. Photo:

A villager from Anhui filed a report with police on Wednesday, claiming he was arrested, illegally detained and tortured after appearing at a land dispute hearing.

27 Dec 2012 - 5:21pm

Obama gives speech at vigil service for Sandy Hook school shooting victims

Barack Obama hinted at a push towards gun reform control.

Like a teacher reading the roster before class, US President Barack Obama sketched in haunting, human terms, the horror of the Connecticut school massacre.

"Charlotte, Daniel, Olivia, Josephine, Ana, Dylan, Madeline, Catherine, Chase, Jesse, James, Grace, Emilie, Jack, Noah, Caroline, Jessica, Benjamin, Avielle, Allison..."

18 Dec 2012 - 4:20am

Anti-graft campaign picks up momentum with two probes

The mainland's corruption crackdown has claimed two more scalps, with a senior official in Shenzhen and another in Chengdu being investigated by the Communist Party's anti-graft watchdog.

18 Dec 2012 - 4:15am

US must renew ban on private ownership of assault weapons

A memorial for the victims shot at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Photo: EPA

Anywhere else, the shooting massacre of 20 small schoolchildren would give unstoppable momentum to a campaign to tighten laws on the possession of guns. In the US, it will run into a powerful gun lobby, the National Rifle Association. Of the tens of thousands of registered lobbyists in America, many elected politicians fear getting offside with the NRA the most.

18 Dec 2012 - 2:03am

After latest gun massacre in US, who will stop this beast on the loose?

Connecticut community copes with aftermath of the mass shooting. Photo: AFP

The sleep of reason breeds monsters. In the United States these monsters have names less exotic than Beelzebub, Baal or the Lord of Flies. Instead they are called "Adam Lanza", a 20-year-old monster who shot dead its gun-loving mother and 20 children. In July the monster was called "James Eagan Holmes", who shot dead 12 members of the audience in a cinema in Aurora, Colorado.

18 Dec 2012 - 2:03am

Beijing court jails 10 for illegally detaining petitioners

A 2009 file photo of a man standing in the corridor of a former 'black jail' in Beijing, China. Photo: AP

A Beijing court has sentenced 10 people to up to 18 months in jail for illegally detaining petitioners from another city, state media reported on Sunday, in a rare case of the judiciary taking on the shadowy men who operate on the margins of the law.

2 Dec 2012 - 5:36pm

Carson Yeung granted four months to prepare his defence

Carson Yeung leaves court yesterday. Photo: Dickson Lee

Carson Yeung Ka-sing, owner of the English football club Birmingham City, has been given an extra four months to prepare his defence on money-laundering charges involving more than HK$700 million.

His application for an adjournment was allowed yesterday, less than a week after an earlier attempt was dismissed by a judge who accused Yeung of trying to "hijack" the court diary.

29 Nov 2012 - 3:39am

More questions raised over Franklin Lam's flat sales

Franklin Lam

More questions have been raised about executive councillor Franklin Lam Fan-keung's property dealings after it emerged that a flat he sold in Mid-Levels involved no property agent or commission.

A solicitor said it looked suspicious, but one explanation was that Lam sold the Casa Bella flat 14C to a friend without going through an agent to save the 1 per cent commission.

26 Nov 2012 - 4:23am