Indigenous New Territories male villagers have enjoyed exclusive property rights for decades. Photo: Winson Wong
Indigenous New Territories male villagers have enjoyed exclusive property rights for decades. Photo: Winson Wong

Top Hong Kong court upholds traditional right of male villagers to apply to build on ancestral land in city’s north

  • But right is an ‘inherently imperfect’ one because it has never had statutory basis and is subject to discretion of Lands Department, judges find
  • Applicant Kwok Cheuk-kin, known as ‘king of judicial reviews’, had argued the policy was discriminatory on the basis of sex, birth or social origin

Topic |   Hong Kong courts
Indigenous New Territories male villagers have enjoyed exclusive property rights for decades. Photo: Winson Wong
Indigenous New Territories male villagers have enjoyed exclusive property rights for decades. Photo: Winson Wong
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