Sexual discrimination

Next, Legco must uphold rights of sexual minorities

Hundreds of gay rights supporters marched against homophobia and discrimination of sexual minorities in Hong Kong. Photo: AP

We need to be grateful for Hong Kong's independent judiciary. The Court of Final Appeal showed recently that it is prepared to act on minority rights where the government and even the Legislative Council have refused to do so.

Tuesday, 28 May, 2013, 1:21am

Letters to the Editor, January 27, 2013

Columbariums are now in short supply. Photo: Sam Tsang

Naysayers threaten city's development

The government has limited land resources and finds it hard to allocate land to alleviate Hong Kong's housing shortage.

This is partly because of the amount of land designated "green zone", where development is not allowed.

More land has to be reserved for building grants for small-house development in the New Territories.

27 Jan 2013 - 1:53am 4 comments

Time to stop stigmatising rape

Protesters against violence towards women outside the office of the India consulate in Hong Kong. Photo: EPA

The gang rape and subsequent death of the 23-year-old student in New Delhi last month sparked large-scale protests in India and outrage elsewhere. The widespread discrimination and violence against women and girls in India, the world's largest democracy with a growing economy, is appalling.

18 Jan 2013 - 5:59am

Time to redress inequalities in Hong Kong's rape laws

Participants hold placards and chant slogans as they take part in a march against violence towards women in a staircase leading to the India consulate in Hong Kong. Photo: EPA

The recent gang rape of a 23-year-old student on a bus in Delhi has rocked India. While India's economic growth may be slowing, there has been no such effect on the growth in the number of rapes. Since 1971, when the National Crime Records Bureau started collecting data, the number has increased over 873 per cent: from 2,487 in 1971 to 24,206 in 2011.

9 Jan 2013 - 1:27am