• Thu
  • Oct 2, 2014
  • Updated: 1:48am
Universal Suffrage

Universal Suffrage

The Hong Kong Chief Executive election of 2017 will pick the top official of Hong Kong for the fifth term. According to the National People's Congress Standing Committee's resolution in 2007, the election may be implemented by the method of universal suffrage. Pan-democratic lawmakers and pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have protested strongly against an election framework passed by Beijing on August 31, 2014, saying it fails to reach international standards for a truly democratic and open election. They have vowed to veto it in the Legislative Council and organise a series of street protests known as Occupy Central.

Leung Chun-ying must humbly listen to the wishes of Hong Kong people

Dear Leung Chun-ying, I write this open letter to request that you immediately begin dialogue with peaceful Hongkongers protesting for universal suffrage.

Wednesday, 1 October, 2014, 4:09am 3 comments

United they stand: Democracy protests bond Hongkongers from all walks of life

Politicians, democracy advocates, lawmakers, senior citizens and young students – all converged on the harbourfront in Admiralty to defend a site where the city’s political landscape could be reshaped forever.

29 Sep 2014 - 8:44am 3 comments

Ma Ying-jeou says Beijing must be prudent in handling dissent

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou called on Beijing to be "very prudent" in handling dissenting voices in Hong Kong over the city's political reform, saying Taiwan's public was watching the city's democratic development.

29 Sep 2014 - 9:27am 5 comments

Hong Kong and its people will continue to speak up until they are heard

The weeks following Beijing's decision on the political framework for the chief executive election have been characterised by collective shock, disbelief and anger among pro-democracy activists and their sympathisers in Hong Kong.

29 Sep 2014 - 3:11am 7 comments

Accept Beijing's democracy 'morsel' and keep working for real reform

I do not share David Akers-Jones' overflowing enthusiasm for Robert Chow Yung and his Alliance for Peace and Democracy.

27 Sep 2014 - 5:59am 4 comments

Over 1,500 secondary pupils cut classes for democracy

Casting thick textbooks aside, hundreds of secondary pupils scribble away furiously on notebooks at their first "civil lecture", conducted out in the open over loudspeakers when they should have been confined within the four walls of the classroom.

27 Sep 2014 - 4:32am 12 comments

NPC framework offers scope for positive change in 2017 chief executive election

The National People's Congress Standing Committee has sketched out a broad framework for the election of Hong Kong's chief executive by universal suffrage in 2017.

27 Sep 2014 - 4:17am 3 comments

Democrats should brace themselves for a long struggle

Has the time come for democrats to gracefully accept defeat as it becomes increasingly clear that the Chinese authorities will resist any form of genuine universal suffrage?

27 Sep 2014 - 2:57am

Up to 3,000 secondary students join pro-democracy protest on final day of class boycott

More than 1,200 filled Tim Mei Avenue to join one of the city’s few large-scale secondary school strikes this morning – a turnout far higher than expected, before the attendance doubled for an afterschool rally.

26 Sep 2014 - 11:03pm 46 comments

Government House sit-in ends without arrests as students prepare for fifth day of rallies

Students camping outside the Chief Executive’s residence said their sit-in had not been in vain even though Leung Chung-ying ignored their request to meet.

Some 4,000 people marched from Tamar Park to the rear gate of Government House on Thursday night, requesting to meet the chief executive. About 800 of them set up camp outside Government House around 12.40am on Friday.

26 Sep 2014 - 10:54am 25 comments

Hong Kong should learn from Scottish referendum, say legal experts

Hongkongers caught up in the heated political reform debate can draw lessons from the Scottish independence referendum by having more dialogue and less confrontation, two local legal academics say.

26 Sep 2014 - 4:03am 13 comments

Schoolboy, 16, attacked by elderly man while promoting secondary students' class boycott

A secondary school pupil campaigning for today's class boycott had the loudspeaker he was using shoved in his face by a passer-by yesterday, breaking one of his front teeth.

26 Sep 2014 - 7:56am 50 comments

How China's very real national security fears shaped its reform plan for Hong Kong

Some observers explain that the very restrictive nomination process for universal suffrage in 2017 directed by the National People's Congress Standing Committee was driven by the Communist Party's fear of losing power in Hong Kong and the demonstration effect on Chinese society.

25 Sep 2014 - 4:53am 8 comments

Striking students march through Central as police say protest is illegal

Students taking part in a pro-democracy class boycott did not seek police permission before setting out on a march from Tamar Park in Admiralty through Central and back to Admiralty.

24 Sep 2014 - 10:13pm 21 comments

Beijing's ruling will be final word on Hong Kong's 'ultimate aim' of universal suffrage

For well over a decade, Hong Kong society has been torn by the lure of democracy or, as the Basic Law puts it, universal suffrage. The August 31 decision by the NPC is likely to indefinitely prolong dissension within the community.

24 Sep 2014 - 4:34am 5 comments