Ronny Tong

Ronny Tong

Ronny Tong, SC, was chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association from 1999 to 2001, and was first elected a member of the Legislative Council in 2004. He was re-elected to serve a third term in 2012, but resigned in September 2015. He is currently a member of the Executive Council and convenor of the Path of Democracy think tank. His three major areas of concern are constitutional development, fair competition and the alleviation of poverty.

Latest from Ronny Tong

Opinion | By targeting mainland medical help, Hong Kong’s media is only harming the case for press freedom

Repeatedly asking about medical compensation is insulting and raises the question of whether press freedom can exist as a core value under ‘one country, two systems’ if it ignores basic ethics.

Repeatedly asking about medical compensation is insulting and raises the question of whether press freedom can exist as a core value under ‘one country, two systems’ if it ignores basic ethics.

22 Mar 2022 - 9:15AM
Opinion | Hong Kong national security trial ruling faithful to the letter and spirit of the Sino-British Joint Declaration

The meaning of the slogan at the heart of the court debate was never in doubt – it means “liberate Hong Kong from Chinese rule”. Hongkongers who sought to undermine China’s territorial integrity and the foreigners who supported them were acting against the Joint Declaration.

The meaning of the slogan at the heart of the court debate was never in doubt – it means “liberate Hong Kong from Chinese rule”. Hongkongers who sought to undermine China’s territorial integrity and the foreigners who supported them were acting against the Joint Declaration.

6 Aug 2021 - 8:30AM
Opinion | Truth of Hong Kong’s national security law will prevail over fog of Western criticism

Much of the criticism is not based on a careful reading of the law, and does not give credit to the professionalism of the Hong Kong law enforcement and judicial authorities who will be the ones to enforce the law and adjudicate on it.

Much of the criticism is not based on a careful reading of the law, and does not give credit to the professionalism of the Hong Kong law enforcement and judicial authorities who will be the ones to enforce the law and adjudicate on it.

9 Jul 2020 - 9:00AM
Opinion | Distrust of China has blinded Hongkongers to Beijing’s intent in pushing a national security law for Hong Kong

The draft decision, when passed, will initiate the long-delayed passage of a Hong Kong law to safeguard the nation from subversion and foreign interference. It comes after months of violent unrest and challenges to state power that have worried Beijing.

The draft decision, when passed, will initiate the long-delayed passage of a Hong Kong law to safeguard the nation from subversion and foreign interference. It comes after months of violent unrest and challenges to state power that have worried Beijing.

27 May 2020 - 10:06AM
Opinion | Partial truths in US commission report on Hong Kong protests show propaganda at its most harmful

Through its filter of political bias, the US government agency draws dire conclusions about Hong Kong’s rule of law and alleges police brutality without evidence. Its accusation of a Chinese propaganda and disinformation campaign is hypocritical at best.

Through its filter of political bias, the US government agency draws dire conclusions about Hong Kong’s rule of law and alleges police brutality without evidence. Its accusation of a Chinese propaganda and disinformation campaign is hypocritical at best.

21 Jan 2020 - 5:22AM
Opinion | Hong Kong extradition protesters made five demands of Carrie Lam. Believe it or not, they have been heard

The government has responded to most demands, and even taken a step back. Protesters should see that the government is trying to meet them halfway, and give reconciliation a chance.

The government has responded to most demands, and even taken a step back. Protesters should see that the government is trying to meet them halfway, and give reconciliation a chance.

10 Jul 2019 - 9:15AM
Opinion | Hong Kong should trust its own judiciary on all extradition requests – whether or not they come from mainland China

The UK experience underlines how concerns about another territory’s rule-of-law record do not stop an extradition agreement from being reached. Effective extradition, which serves the interests of justice, must also be based on mutual trust.

The UK experience underlines how concerns about another territory’s rule-of-law record do not stop an extradition agreement from being reached. Effective extradition, which serves the interests of justice, must also be based on mutual trust.

3 Apr 2019 - 9:04AM
Opinion | An extradition agreement with mainland China would serve the rule of law, not Beijing’s political interests

Hong Kong has clear-cut agreements on extradition with many countries. To say that one with Beijing would make Hong Kong subservient is an insult to our esteemed courts and judges.

Hong Kong has clear-cut agreements on extradition with many countries. To say that one with Beijing would make Hong Kong subservient is an insult to our esteemed courts and judges.

17 Mar 2019 - 12:21AM
Why reclamation, not public housing, is Hong Kong’s path to solving the housing crisis

Hong Kong has been historically built on reclaimed land and that this remains the most cost-effective and efficient way for the city to meet its housing and economic needs

Hong Kong has been historically built on reclaimed land and that this remains the most cost-effective and efficient way for the city to meet its housing and economic needs

13 Aug 2018 - 12:13PM
Critics of Hong Kong court judgments must at least stick to the facts – or be found guilty of playing politics

Chris Patten and other politicians who accuse our judges of making ‘political judgments’ in high-profile cases must take off their own tinted glasses.

Chris Patten and other politicians who accuse our judges of making ‘political judgments’ in high-profile cases must take off their own tinted glasses.

17 Jun 2018 - 7:37PM
Hong Kong lawyers can oppose the joint checkpoint plan for the high-speed rail, but they should not deny its legal basis

A professional body such as the Bar Association has a responsibility to refrain from using emotive rhetoric. Its recent statement falls far short of this standard.

A professional body such as the Bar Association has a responsibility to refrain from using emotive rhetoric. Its recent statement falls far short of this standard.

2 Jan 2018 - 7:12PM
Sympathy for jailed activists does not justify slurs on Hong Kong judiciary

While it is understandable that some people are unhappy with the court order of custodial sentences, the unproven accusations of bogus charges and political persecution must not be allowed to stand

While it is understandable that some people are unhappy with the court order of custodial sentences, the unproven accusations of bogus charges and political persecution must not be allowed to stand

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