Youth Rights

Campuses prepare for younger students

Universities are signing guardianship papers and preparing to crack down on under-age drinking ahead of the arrival of a record intake of under-18-year-olds this autumn.

Monday, 30 July, 2012, 12:00am

Queensland surprised it has key vote

The Queensland government office in Hong Kong expressed surprise at news that it can help choose the committee that picks the next chief executive, with a spokeswoman saying the office 'has no interest in politics'.

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Think outside the box

This newspaper rightly asked in last Saturday's editorial: 'If Britain's politicians can do a deal, why can't ours?' The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats are miles apart in political ideology and social and economic philosophy, yet they have been able to come together to form a coalition government with constitutional reforms on their agreed common agenda.

18 May 2010 - 12:00am

Word on the street - what voters had to say

Alice Lau, social worker (Kowloon West) 'The atmosphere of this election is lukewarm, but I voted to tell the government that I want to exercise my civic rights. I voted for another social worker, Kenneth Cheung Kam-hung.'

17 May 2010 - 12:00am

Judge rules in favour of corporate voting system

The corporate voting system for functional constituency elections in the Legislative Council did not conflict with the Basic Law, a High Court judge ruled yesterday as he struck down two applications for a judicial review of the constitutionality of the election mechanism.

11 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Time corporate voting was declared bankrupt

The government has triggered heated debate with the pan-democrat camp over whether its latest blueprint for political reform represents a meaningful increase in democracy for the 2012 elections. There can be no argument, however, that the administration has not helped its case with a sin of omission.

21 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Intervention and education can reduce likelihood of toxic stress

I refer to Jack Shonkoff's article ('Reducing toxic stress for children - and society', May 7).

Against Child Abuse could not agree more with the notion of acting now in the best long-term interests of children.

13 May 2009 - 12:00am

Long-term prisoners may be denied the vote

The government is proposing to deny the vote to prisoners serving sentences of more than 10 years.

It is one of three ideas published for public discussion yesterday - two months after the High Court threw out the current blanket ban on inmates of Hong Kong jails voting.

10 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Great debaters win on children's rights

A team from Heep Yunn Secondary School argued their way past Diocesan Girls' School to win the Children's Rights Debate Competition organised by youth advocate Kids' Dream.

After knocking out six other secondary schools, the two finalists fiercely debated whether there should be laws against corporal punishment of children.

1 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Should the voting age be lowered?

Each week our two teenagers debate a hot topic. This week ...

Jeffrey Wong, 19, Diocesan Boys' School

Democracy has proved popular around the globe. Most countries grant voting rights to individuals aged 18 or above. Yet, some people have called for the lowering of the voting age. In Taiwan, it has been proposed that the voting age be lowered to 16.

13 Feb 2008 - 12:00am


Opponents of widening jury pool are wrong

The Law Reform Commission has proposed a widening of the jury pool to increase the number of people eligible for jury selection ('Law panel calls for wider jury pool', January 29).

2 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Public to see suffrage responses: minister

Openness pledged on one man, one vote consultation

Responses to the government's green paper on universal suffrage will be made public at the end of three months of consultation, the administration said yesterday.

13 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

New rights law a 'gift' for children

The revised Protection of Minors Law coming into effect today is 'a festive present for the mainland's 300 million children', Vice-Premier Wu Yi said in an article published yesterday in People's Daily.

1 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Spare the rod, save the child

Parents adore their children, but patience can be tested when they misbehave. Resorting to corporal punishment as a means of disciplining and correcting has long been accepted among many families, but the practice has given rise to harrowing examples of abuse and questions over the harm done by physical punishment.

6 May 2007 - 12:00am

First Person

Monday was global SpankOut Day. Against Child Abuse director Priscilla Lui Tsang Sun-kai recalls a painful lesson she learnt as a child and argues that Hong Kong needs a law against corporal punishment.

3 May 2007 - 12:00am