A private member's amendment to the Bill of Rights Ordinance was passed last night, but will only survive three days. The amendment to Article 3 made clear that the ordinance should be applied to all laws in Hong Kong. The National People's Congress announced in February the article, which stated laws contradicting the ordinance should be repealed, breached the Basic Law and the SAR government should not adopt it after the handover. The amendment, moved by Lau Chin-shek of The Frontier, was put up in the context of an Appeal Court ruling in 1992. The judges ruled laws breaching the ordinance should not be repealed in cases of disputes between private citizens. The Bill of Rights applies only to matters between the Government and the public. Mr Lau said although his bill would be scrapped, it had implications. 'Since Article 3 said all the contradicted laws were presumably repealed in 1991 when the Bill of Rights Ordinance passed, the court could continue to repeal other laws passed before that date,' he said. Democratic Party legislator Albert Ho Chun-yan said the NPC's ruling might not be final.