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Permanent Residency

Our free trade demands justice

Influential groups in Hong Kong seem to have less and less idea of why the territory exists as a separate entity, what makes it distinct and what makes it thrive, for reasons that are hard to replicate elsewhere. 

Sunday, 7 April, 2013, 1:42am 5 comments

Help the helper

I would not have believed when I first moved here that a person would live with and work for me six days a week. But we live in a strange place where a full-time domestic helper costs less than a part-time one.

3 Apr 2013 - 3:29am 2 comments

What's being said on facebook.com/southchinamorningpost

On the ruling by Hong Kong's top court against domestic helpers' right to permanent residency, and a possible screening system for election of the chief executive in 2017.

27 Mar 2013 - 3:09am

Cross-border babies not home yet

The justice secretary is expected to be grilled by lawmakers about the right of abode for children born in Hong Kong to mainland parents after the Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying stressed the city "will and should seek a better legal solution".

27 Mar 2013 - 5:57am

Right of abode settled, for now

The right-of-abode ruling by the city's top court appears to have spared Hong Kong a crisis, at least for the time being. Court of Final Appeal ruled that foreign domestic helpers had no right to claim permanent residency. The decision quashed the hopes of hundreds of thousands who may have wanted to settle here. The court also rejected the government's request to seek Beijing's interpretation of the Basic Law, saying the abode provision was clear enough. 

26 Mar 2013 - 3:28am 3 comments

Court's ruling enforces semi-apartheid

Hong Kong now has full judicial backing to continue treating foreign domestic helpers as a special class of people to be excluded from many basic rights accorded to legal residents who, in the jargon of the Basic Law, "ordinarily reside" in Hong Kong. Everyone can now breathe a sigh of relief, especially the government, following the judgment yesterday by the Court of Final Appeal - all except the maids and their supporters.

26 Mar 2013 - 3:28am 16 comments

Top court to give landmark judgment on right of abode issues

The Court of Final Appeal's ruling will decide whether foreign domestic helpers have the right to apply for permanent residency after living in the city for seven years.

25 Mar 2013 - 5:30am 2 comments

China Digest, January 21, 2013

A former village party secretary in Miyun county has been charged with taking more than 4.65 million yuan (HK$5.74 million) in bribes, the Beijing Times reports.

21 Jan 2013 - 5:32am

Justice minister Yuen under pressure to spell out right of abode request

The justice minister is being pressed by the legal sector for details of an application to the top court for a referral to Beijing to clarify the Basic Law on who has right of abode here, before it is heard next month.

And the local government was also warned the request must be handled well - or the city's rule of law could be affected.

7 Jan 2013 - 5:44am

Deterrents to having a family need fixing

Who would have thought Hong Kong would be one of the world's top 10 places to be born in the coming year? Bewildering as it sounds, that is the international community's latest entry in our list of accolades. We ranked 10th among 80 places examined in a study conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, a sister company of The Economist.

9 Dec 2012 - 3:06am