Alvin Lum

Hong Kong

Alvin Lum

Political journalist covering in Hong Kong politics, justice system and policy analysis.

Alvin Lum is an award-winning political journalist specialising in Hong Kong politics and the city's justice system. Previously, he worked for the Hong Kong Economic Journal and Citizen News.

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Hong Kong protests: no systemic problem with policing, but room to improve, watchdog concludes

In long-awaited report, Independent Police Complaints Council says officers only used force in reaction to last year’s violent disturbances.

In long-awaited report, Independent Police Complaints Council says officers only used force in reaction to last year’s violent disturbances.

Hong Kong protests: no systemic problem with policing, but room to improve, watchdog concludes
16 May 2020 - 12:21AM
Hong Kong Law Society chief defends controversial decision to back certain candidates in polarised governing council election

Hong Kong Law Society president Melissa Kaye Pang insists she was only expressing her views in a personal capacity when rallying support for candidates vying for spots on the body’s governing council.

Hong Kong Law Society president Melissa Kaye Pang insists she was only expressing her views in a personal capacity when rallying support for candidates vying for spots on the body’s governing council.

Hong Kong Law Society chief defends controversial decision to back certain candidates in polarised governing council election
27 May 2020 - 11:11AM
Coronavirus: first chartered flight home for Hongkongers stuck in India lockdown earmarked for this weekend

More than 200 city residents set to make it onto the flight ‘tentatively scheduled’ for Sunday, but thousands more stuck without knowing when they can come home.

More than 200 city residents set to make it onto the flight ‘tentatively scheduled’ for Sunday, but thousands more stuck without knowing when they can come home.

Coronavirus: first chartered flight home for Hongkongers stuck in India lockdown earmarked for this weekend
13 May 2020 - 11:50PM
Coronavirus: hundreds of Hong Kong households to be screened amid cluster fears after third member of family tests positive

But officials say plans to restore some normality in city have not changed.

But officials say plans to restore some normality in city have not changed.

Coronavirus: hundreds of Hong Kong households to be screened amid cluster fears after third member of family tests positive
14 May 2020 - 8:07AM
Hong Kong police ‘systematically infringed’ human rights of protest arrestees, local group argues in report destined for UN

Civil Rights Observer, which interviewed 45 arrestees, suggests force may have violated international treaties against torture.

Civil Rights Observer, which interviewed 45 arrestees, suggests force may have violated international treaties against torture.

Hong Kong police ‘systematically infringed’ human rights of protest arrestees, local group argues in report destined for UN
13 May 2020 - 7:00AM
Hong Kong lawmakers on both sides mull reporting rivals to police after Legislative Council row turned physical

Two opposition legislators in Hong Kong say they are ready to make formal allegations of assault, pro-establishment side also considering filing complaints.

Two opposition legislators in Hong Kong say they are ready to make formal allegations of assault, pro-establishment side also considering filing complaints.

Hong Kong lawmakers on both sides mull reporting rivals to police after Legislative Council row turned physical
1 Nov 2020 - 2:26PM
Shouting matches, scuffles as 11 Hong Kong opposition members thrown out of key committee meeting in legislature

Pro-establishment camp regains control of House Committee but rivals vow to hold own sessions and elect new chair after walkout following ejection of members.

Pro-establishment camp regains control of House Committee but rivals vow to hold own sessions and elect new chair after walkout following ejection of members.

Shouting matches, scuffles as 11 Hong Kong opposition members thrown out of key committee meeting in legislature
9 May 2020 - 1:06AM
Hong Kong lawmakers set for chaotic showdown over control of key Legco committee, with scuffles not ruled out

Opposition will filibuster and use legal opinion from constitutional experts to accuse pro-Beijing heavyweight Starry Lee of conflict of interestLee’s camp bracing for violence, with alternative conference room as backup for stormy meetings.

Opposition will filibuster and use legal opinion from constitutional experts to accuse pro-Beijing heavyweight Starry Lee of conflict of interestLee’s camp bracing for violence, with alternative conference room as backup for stormy meetings.

Hong Kong lawmakers set for chaotic showdown over control of key Legco committee, with scuffles not ruled out
8 May 2020 - 7:30AM
Hong Kong’s Legislative Council could face legal challenges if it bypasses House Committee election process: former president Andrew Wong

Former Legco president Andrew Wong warns that legislature could end up with two parallel meetings convened by rival camps if special House Committee sitting held.

Former Legco president Andrew Wong warns that legislature could end up with two parallel meetings convened by rival camps if special House Committee sitting held.

Hong Kong’s Legislative Council could face legal challenges if it bypasses House Committee election process: former president Andrew Wong
7 May 2020 - 8:13AM
Coronavirus: first chartered flights in works for Hong Kong residents stuck in India, sources say

Expectant fathers and families struggling with medical issues are among those pleading for the government to bring them home soon.

Expectant fathers and families struggling with medical issues are among those pleading for the government to bring them home soon.

Coronavirus: first chartered flights in works for Hong Kong residents stuck in India, sources say
8 May 2020 - 7:59PM
Hong Kong in talks with mainland China and Macau to mutually recognise quarantine served by cross-border travellers

City’s health minister says this is to avoid doubling the 14-day isolation period of arrivals if they have valid proof of having served a similar stint in their previous location.

City’s health minister says this is to avoid doubling the 14-day isolation period of arrivals if they have valid proof of having served a similar stint in their previous location.

Hong Kong in talks with mainland China and Macau to mutually recognise quarantine served by cross-border travellers
2 May 2020 - 11:49PM
Hong Kong mask ban proponents, foes both plan to appeal recent ruling at city’s top court

April ruling left few happy, with justice department and opposition lawmakers eager to settle issues at Court of Final Appeal.

April ruling left few happy, with justice department and opposition lawmakers eager to settle issues at Court of Final Appeal.

Hong Kong mask ban proponents, foes both plan to appeal recent ruling at city’s top court
2 May 2020 - 11:33PM
Dozens of Hongkongers returning from Pakistan protest against poor food during compulsory quarantine at government facility

Nearly 200 city residents flying back from South Asian country on own accord must stay at government-run Chun Yeung Estate for 14 days. Some returnees demand home quarantine as tensions rise over food provisions, with many fasting during the day for Ramadan.

Nearly 200 city residents flying back from South Asian country on own accord must stay at government-run Chun Yeung Estate for 14 days. Some returnees demand home quarantine as tensions rise over food provisions, with many fasting during the day for Ramadan.

Dozens of Hongkongers returning from Pakistan protest against poor food during compulsory quarantine at government facility
8 May 2020 - 3:17PM
Coronavirus: two new infections end Hong Kong’s five-day streak of no cases amid warning that local contagion threat remains

Health expert says it is too early to declare that the coronavirus crisis is under control after city confirms two cases among those repatriated from Pakistan.

Health expert says it is too early to declare that the coronavirus crisis is under control after city confirms two cases among those repatriated from Pakistan.

Coronavirus: two new infections end Hong Kong’s five-day streak of no cases amid warning that local contagion threat remains
1 May 2020 - 11:27PM
Hong Kong barrister Gerard McCoy, who liked a challenge and defended dissidents and murderers, dies aged 63

Milkshake murderer Nancy Kissel, British banker Rurik Jutting, and yoga ball killer Khaw Kim Sun all among McCoy’s clients, but he was also constitutional law expert and well known for human rights cases, defending Occupy ringleaders and others.

Milkshake murderer Nancy Kissel, British banker Rurik Jutting, and yoga ball killer Khaw Kim Sun all among McCoy’s clients, but he was also constitutional law expert and well known for human rights cases, defending Occupy ringleaders and others.

Hong Kong barrister Gerard McCoy, who liked a challenge and defended dissidents and murderers, dies aged 63
30 Apr 2020 - 10:59PM
Hong Kong government should keep pace with global standards in archiving online content: audit watchdog

Audit Commission criticises six-year delay in the implementation of a long-term electronic historical record that will be publicly available.

Audit Commission criticises six-year delay in the implementation of a long-term electronic historical record that will be publicly available.

Hong Kong government should keep pace with global standards in archiving online content: audit watchdog
29 Apr 2020 - 10:28PM
Hong Kong urged to review terrorism and sedition legislation after United Nations experts say they can be used against lawful protests

Legislation should be brought in line with international treaties that Hong Kong has signed up to, special rapporteurs suggest.

Legislation should be brought in line with international treaties that Hong Kong has signed up to, special rapporteurs suggest.

Hong Kong urged to review terrorism and sedition legislation after United Nations experts say they can be used against lawful protests
29 Apr 2020 - 7:56PM
Decision not to reappoint opposition legislator Dennis Kwok to Hong Kong’s competition watchdog was based on merit, city leader Carrie Lam says

Chief executive says there is no cap or minimum on appointment tenures, citing examples of members previously not reappointed after two years.

Chief executive says there is no cap or minimum on appointment tenures, citing examples of members previously not reappointed after two years.

Decision not to reappoint opposition legislator Dennis Kwok to Hong Kong’s competition watchdog was based on merit, city leader Carrie Lam says
28 Apr 2020 - 8:02PM
Top lawyer asks government if Beijing could control Hong Kong’s prosecutors and judiciary, after justice chief says liaison office has supervisory powers

Bar Association chairman Philip Dykes wants government to say if not being bound by Basic Law means liaison office could control the city’s prosecutors and judiciary.

Bar Association chairman Philip Dykes wants government to say if not being bound by Basic Law means liaison office could control the city’s prosecutors and judiciary.

Top lawyer asks government if Beijing could control Hong Kong’s prosecutors and judiciary, after justice chief says liaison office has supervisory powers
28 Apr 2020 - 7:24PM
Coronavirus: Hong Kong public services to resume next week, says city’s leader Carrie Lam, but no news on whether social distancing will end

Chief Executive Carrie Lam expects civil servants to return to work, while libraries, museums and sports grounds will all reopen. But no confirmation on whether social distancing measures will be eased.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam expects civil servants to return to work, while libraries, museums and sports grounds will all reopen. But no confirmation on whether social distancing measures will be eased.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong public services to resume next week, says city’s leader Carrie Lam, but no news on whether social distancing will end
28 Apr 2020 - 4:13PM
Concerns raised over remarks by Hong Kong judge who expressed sympathy for man he jailed for stabbing three people at protesters’ ‘Lennon Wall’

Judge Kwok Wai-kin jailed man for 45 months for stabbing reporter and two others but also said black-clad protesters had ganged up like a ‘terrorist army’.

Judge Kwok Wai-kin jailed man for 45 months for stabbing reporter and two others but also said black-clad protesters had ganged up like a ‘terrorist army’.

Concerns raised over remarks by Hong Kong judge who expressed sympathy for man he jailed for stabbing three people at protesters’ ‘Lennon Wall’
25 Apr 2020 - 10:42PM
More arguments as Hong Kong’s gridlocked House Committee meets for 16th time and again is unable to elect chair

Former chairwoman Starry Lee vows not to bow to opposition demands that she drop her re-election bid.

Former chairwoman Starry Lee vows not to bow to opposition demands that she drop her re-election bid.

More arguments as Hong Kong’s  gridlocked House Committee meets for 16th time and again is unable to elect chair
24 Apr 2020 - 8:42PM
Hong Kong Legco president moves to wrest control of gridlocked House Committee from opposition stalling chair election

Secretariat confirms Andrew Leung sought external legal advice last month on ‘unprecedented situation’.

Secretariat confirms Andrew Leung sought external legal advice last month on ‘unprecedented situation’.

Hong Kong Legco president moves to wrest control of gridlocked House Committee from opposition stalling chair election
24 Apr 2020 - 7:12AM
First aid volunteers may have suffered human rights violations at Hong Kong protests, UN suggests in letter to Beijing delegation

Group of rapporteurs goes public after receiving no response to February inquiry, which cited cases involving alleged police violence.

Group of rapporteurs goes public after receiving no response to February inquiry, which cited cases involving alleged police violence.

First aid volunteers may have suffered  human rights violations at Hong Kong protests, UN suggests in letter to Beijing delegation
23 Apr 2020 - 12:03AM
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says cabinet reshuffle aimed at post-coronavirus recovery

Carrie Lam denies tightening control over the civil service and relations with mainland China.

Carrie Lam denies tightening control over the civil service and relations with mainland China.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says cabinet reshuffle aimed at post-coronavirus recovery
23 Apr 2020 - 1:19AM
Leading legal adviser says Beijing offices right to criticise opposition lawmakers

Professor Albert Chen, a member of the Basic Law Committee, argues Article 22 covering the central authorities’ role in the city must not be narrowly interpreted.

Professor Albert Chen, a member of the Basic Law Committee, argues Article 22 covering the central authorities’ role in the city must not be narrowly interpreted.

Leading legal adviser says Beijing offices right to criticise opposition lawmakers
19 Apr 2020 - 9:39AM
Hong Kong’s pan-democrats condemn wave of arrests of veterans as a bid to silence dissent but authorities say it’s for unlawful protests

Others held include former lawmakers Martin Lee, Albert Ho, Lee Cheuk-yan, ‘Long Hair’ Leung Kwok-hung and Au Nok-hin.

Others held include former lawmakers Martin Lee, Albert Ho, Lee Cheuk-yan, ‘Long Hair’ Leung Kwok-hung and Au Nok-hin.

Hong Kong’s pan-democrats condemn wave of arrests of veterans as a bid to silence dissent but authorities say it’s for unlawful protests
19 Apr 2020 - 7:28AM
Hong Kong justice secretary defends independence of city’s judiciary after report of Beijing interference in legal system

Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng says city cannot allow any ‘misleading statements’ after report anonymously quoted three ‘senior judges’ expressing concern over meddling in future judicial appointments.

Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng says city cannot allow any ‘misleading statements’ after report anonymously quoted three ‘senior judges’ expressing concern over meddling in future judicial appointments.

Hong Kong justice secretary defends independence of city’s judiciary after report of Beijing interference in legal system
17 Apr 2020 - 10:52PM
Mainland bodies have duty to ‘supervise’, ‘set things right’ in Hong Kong, Beijing’s foreign affairs arm in city says

‘Only natural’ for central government agencies to weigh in on opposition’s ‘attempt to hijack Legco’, foreign affairs body says.

‘Only natural’ for central government agencies to weigh in on opposition’s ‘attempt to hijack Legco’, foreign affairs body says.

Mainland bodies have duty to ‘supervise’, ‘set things right’ in Hong Kong, Beijing’s foreign affairs arm in city says
17 Apr 2020 - 4:23AM
Ousted lawmaker ‘Long Hair’ Leung Kwok-hung stabbed while protesting outside Beijing’s liaison office in Hong Kong

An elderly man was arrested after the assault, which came during a protest over statements by the office aimed at opposition lawmaker Dennis Kwok.

An elderly man was arrested after the assault, which came during a protest over statements by the office aimed at opposition lawmaker Dennis Kwok.

Ousted lawmaker ‘Long Hair’ Leung Kwok-hung stabbed while protesting outside Beijing’s liaison office in Hong Kong
16 Apr 2020 - 7:23PM