Nationality Law

'Fruit money' not a basic right

'Fruit money' is not a fundamental right of elderly residents, a court ruled, as it dismissed a challenge to the requirement that old-age allowance recipients live continuously in Hong Kong for the year before they apply.

Tuesday, 15 May, 2012, 12:00am

Who gets to call a new land home?

Citizens of a country enjoy the right to reside, work and receive an education in that country. In most cases, they have the right to vote and are entitled to social welfare, including pensions and public healthcare. However, citizens' rights depend on how much their country can afford to offer.

9 May 2012 - 12:00am

Action on dual citizenship sought

Lawmakers have warned it is time to take action over the growing problem of mainlanders illegally holding dual citizenship.

The dual-nationality debate heated up after a Xinhua report made an unusual reference to the wife of Chongqing's embattled former party chief Bo Xilai as Bo-Gu Kailai, fuelling speculation she may secretly have obtained foreign citizenship.

28 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Nationality of Bo's spouse is now in doubt

A Xinhua report that made an unusual reference to the wife of Chongqing's embattled former party chief as Bo-Gu Kailai is fuelling further speculation about the couple.

The reference in the report on Tuesday, which linked the former lawyer to the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood, is presumably based on her name in her official identity documents.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

A win and a loss for couple in residency fight

A win and a loss was the tally for a Filipino couple - both of whom have been in Hong Kong more than 20 years - when judgment was handed down yesterday in the second of three major right of abode cases for domestic helpers.

4 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

HK must seek Beijing ruling on right of abode for maids, Ip says

The government should seek a central government interpretation of the Basic Law over the right of abode ruling concerning foreign domestic workers, lawmaker Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee said yesterday.

3 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Basic Law 'allows for restrictions on residency'

The Basic Law allows immigration laws to exclude groups of people - including domestic helpers - from becoming permanent residents, government lawyers argued yesterday.

24 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Politicising helpers issue does not help

In 10 days the High Court is due to begin hearing a judicial review of the government's denial of the right of abode to foreign domestic helpers. The challenge should not have come as a surprise, since the exclusion of helpers under immigration laws excepts them from a fundamental right of residents under the Basic Law.

12 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Old-age payout rule a 'violation'

A 72-year-old man has filed a legal challenge to the requirement that a recipient of old-age allowance live continuously for a year in the city. He says it infringes his right to social welfare and wants a court to declare it unconstitutional.

Lam Wo-lun submitted the application for a judicial review to the High Court on Monday.

22 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

A fair place for helpers, a better city for us all

Discrimination is illegal in Hong Kong. That's made plain by the Basic Law, the constitutional document by which our lives are governed. It guarantees that all 'residents shall be equal before the law'. But what is expressed in spirit doesn't necessarily apply when paired with supplementary legislation - just ask a foreign domestic helper.

8 Dec 2010 - 12:00am


Canada's change of citizenship rules makes perfect sense

I refer to the report ('Canadian expats fear citizenship changes', February 8).

15 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Grandad, why aren't we Canadian?

Canadians in Hong Kong are worried about rules soon to take effect that will strip their future grandchildren of the right to Canadian citizenship.

Under the revision to the Citizenship Law, from April, grandchildren of expatriate Canadians will not get citizenship if they are born or adopted outside Canada.

8 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Judge turns down citizenship bid

The son of businessman Ranjan Marwah, a founder of the Mother's Choice charity for pregnant teenagers, yesterday lost his bid to win Chinese citizenship.

Mr Justice Andrew Cheung Kui-nung ruled that Azan Aziz Marwah's petition was a lost cause, in a case that raised questions about who could become a Chinese national.

10 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Brussels trade chief moves to commerce post

Veteran bureaucrat Duncan Pescod has been named a permanent secretary for commerce and economic development, filling the post vacated by Rita Lau Ng Wai-lan.

16 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

You can endeavour to study in Australia

Interested in doing some post-secondary education overseas next year? Perhaps you might consider applying for the 2009 Endeavour Awards, a merit-based scholarship that offers students, researchers and executives the chance to study in Australia.

17 Jun 2008 - 12:00am