NPC interpretation

Beijing-loyalist Maria Tam says the right to be elected is not universal

Maria Tam (centre) on City Forum yesterday. She says Beijing may need to make the final decision on universal suffrage. Photo: SCMP

Speaking on a television talk show, the head of the Hong Kong delegation to the National People's Congress dismissed a UN Human Rights Committee's report on Hong Kong. The report expressed concern at the "lack of a clear plan to institute universal suffrage" and possible limits on who can stand for election.

Monday, 1 April, 2013, 4:02am 21 comments

How should Basic Law be 'interpreted' for the times?

Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung. Photo: David Wong

The Hong Kong government's request for the Court of Final Appeal to consider asking the National People's Congress Standing Committee for a clarification of the committee's 1999 interpretation of the Basic Law is, in the words of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, an attempt to "tidy up" legal loose ends.

19 Dec 2012 - 2:38am 6 comments

An NPC interpretation is not the answer to Hong Kong's immigration problems

An NPC interpretation is not the answer to Hong Kong's immigration problems

Eleven years after the unanimous Court of Final Appeal decision in the Chong Fung-yuen case granting Hong Kong residency to children born in Hong Kong of mainland parents, and more than 196,000 such births later, the government has made its most comprehensive move yet to address our overcrowded maternity wards and the follow-on surge in school enrolment.

18 Dec 2012 - 2:03am 1 comment

Devil in the detail of government's case for interpretation

Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung. Photo: David Wong

Many government critics are barking up the wrong tree. The government has every right as a litigant to suggest the top court ask Beijing for an interpretation of residency rights.

15 Dec 2012 - 3:30am 6 comments