Right of Abode in Hong Kong

Tensions run high at Legco debate on right of abode

Lawmakers debated the next step to take in addressing the right of abode issue on Friday, voting narrowly against further discussing the matter until the Court of Final Appeal makes its ruling.

Friday, 14 December, 2012, 9:40pm

Top court asked to seek Beijing's advice in abode case

Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung said on Thursday his department's suggestion to the city's highest court would not undermine Hong Kong’s judicial independence and rule of law. Photo: David Wong

The Department of Justice suggested on Thursday that the city’s top court ask Beijing to clarify an interpretation of the Basic Law it made in 1999, in a bid to resolve legal issues relating to two right of abode cases.

13 Dec 2012 - 9:41pm

Stifling protest invites trouble

There are no shades of grey about freedom of speech in Hong Kong. Anyone, no matter who they are or where they are from, has the right to have their voice heard. Mainlanders, denied that ability, naturally see our city as a place where grievances can be openly aired.

28 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


C.Y. must get rid of awful cage homes

Whatever other problems he is encountering, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying deserves commendation for his proposals to rid Hong Kong of cage homes and improve accommodation and care for Hong Kong's underclasses.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Article 23 not on agenda, Yuen insists

Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung has again insisted he has no plan to introduce controversial national security legislation and says if Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying asked him to, he would try to persuade him not to.

Yuen told the media in a tea gathering yesterday: 'No one has ever said that I have to complete the legislation on Article 23 [of the Basic Law].

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Mainland baby issue a top concern for minister

Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung said yesterday that resolving legal issues regarding babies born to mainland mothers in Hong Kong would be a top priority in his five-year term.

But he said seeking an interpretation of Basic Law clauses covering those issues was not an appropriate solution.

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

A model for China if promises are kept

Fifteen years ago, Hong Kong was making the final preparations for a journey into the unknown. Our city's return to China on July 1, 1997, was a source of pride, hope and celebration. It brought to an end more than a century and a half of colonial rule.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Flame of freedom burns in former right of abode activist

When mainlander Ada Fu Kahui first visited Hong Kong in 1999 she immediately relished the freedom to speak out and protest. Within a few months she was in the streets campaigning for right-of-abode seekers, her long hair becoming a familiar sight on TV news reports.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


Today's SCMP Debate is the last in a weekly series as part of our build-up to the 15th anniversary, on July 1, of the establishment of the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong. In our third instalment, we ask five long-time residents to look ahead another 15 years into the future of our city.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Helpers can take residency case to highest court

Two foreign domestic helpers fighting for the right to apply for permanent residency can take their case to the city's highest court, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday.

23 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Open inquiry into Li's death needed

Mainland authorities have bowed to public pressure by ordering a new investigation into the suspicious death in hospital of June 4 activist Li Wangyang. That doesn't happen often, but what sets this instance apart is the role played by Hong Kong.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Rule on flat sales does not flout free speech

Leading constitutional lawyers from Britain and Hong Kong have recently been consulted by the Real Estate Developers Association. Based on those consultations, the association has argued that parts of the proposed law to regulate the sale of new homes in Hong Kong, currently before the Legislative Council, may not comply with the Basic Law and human rights protections here.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

'Zero quota' policy for mainland mothers has no legal basis: Regina Ip

Chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying's 'zero quota' policy for births to mainland mothers in Hong Kong hospitals has no legal basis, a former secretary for security says.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Who stays?

Chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying has said he 'cannot guarantee' that children born in Hong Kong to mainland mothers will have the right of abode. This issue reflects the conflict between Hong Kong and the mainland in interpreting the Basic Law. The problem has endured for over a decade and needs to be resolved soon.

23 May 2012 - 12:00am

Charges double for non-locals' A&E births

Public hospitals are to charge HK$90,000 for last-minute deliveries of babies by non-local mothers in accident and emergency wards from today. Critics said the price increase alone would not deter mainland women from giving birth in the city to gain the right of abode for their children.

12 May 2012 - 12:00am