Permanent Residency

Our free trade demands justice

Custom officers inspect the luggages of people at Lok Ma Chau. The recent absurd situation over baby milk powder is the result of barriers to free trade. Photo: Edward Wong

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

The Court of Final Appeal has dimissed an appeal by two Filipino helpers who were seeking permanent residency in Hong Kong. Photo: Sam Tsang

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

The Court of Final Appeal dismissed an appeal by Filipino helpers seeking permanent residency in the city on Monday. Photo: Xinhua

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

Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen. Photo: David Wong

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 Court of Final Appeal dismissed an appeal by Filipino helpers seeking permanent residency in the city. It also denied the HKSAR government's request for referring the right of abode issue to the NPC Standing Committee for clarification, saying the necessary conditions had not been met. Photo: Xinhua

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

Labor rights group Asian Migrants Coordinating Body addresses the media after the Court of Final Appeal ruled that foreign maids were not eligible to seek permanent residency in a legal battle that has split the city. Photo: AFP

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

People protest outside the Court of Final Appeal as the right of abode case proceeded in court last month. Photo: Edward Wong

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

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

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

The socio-economic environment in Hong Kong is more likely to deter rather than encourage having a family. Photo: Warton Li

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

Rant: borderline ridiculous

Illustration: Henrik Drescher

14 Oct 2012 - 12:18am 3 comments

Don't link devotion to PR status

I am writing in response to Winky Lai Wing-ki's article, 'Farewell to days of love and faithfulness' (Young Post, December 8). She recalls the days of ma jie and how faithful and loving these women were.

12 Dec 2011 - 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

Filipino couple take their residency fight to court

A Filipino couple fought in court yesterday for their right of abode, in the first case following the victory of a domestic helper last month.

The judicial review at the Court of First Instance was brought by Daniel and Irene Domingo, who have been living in Hong Kong for 26 and 29 years respectively, with three children born here.

19 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

We won't move to HK, says helper's husband

Despite her landmark legal victory in the domestic helper residency case, the family of Filipino Evangeline Banao Vallejos said they had no plan to migrate to Hong Kong.

11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am