No date set to amend anti-bribery laws to include Hong Kong’s leader, say’s city’s no.2 official

The government has said that it has not set a specific date to begin the process of updating the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance to cover the city’s chief executive. An independent review committee headed by a top judge in May 2012 suggested that section 3 and 8 of the ordinance should be expanded to regulate […]

Hong Kong gov’t puts national anthem bill to legislature, says law ‘easy to understand and follow’

The Hong Kong government on Wednesday officially introduced the national anthem bill to the legislature, more than a year after the idea was first proposed. Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Patrick Nip told lawmakers that Hong Kong had a constitutional duty to enact the law, and the bill had been adapted to fit the […]

Australia seeks answers on dissident novelist Yang Hengjun who went missing in Guangzhou, China

Australia is investigating reports a Chinese-Australian dissident is missing and may have been detained in his native country, officials said Wednesday. Yang Hengjun — a novelist, former Chinese diplomat and democracy activist — went missing shortly after he returned to the southern city of Guangzhou last week, friends said. Yang Hengjun. File photo: SBS screenshot, […]

Hong Kong activists apply for legal aid to challenge gov’t decision not to prosecute ex-leader CY Leung

Two Hong Kong activists have applied for legal aid from the government in order to file a judicial review against its decision not to prosecute former Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying and pro-Beijing lawmaker Holden Chow. The Department of Justice last month said that there was insufficient evidence to convict Leung and Chow for corruption […]

Video: ‘Freedom not to praise’: Hong Kong activists pull stunt at gov’t HQ as national anthem law goes to legislature

Members of the pro-democracy group Demosisto climbed onto a flag-raising podium outside government headquarters on Wednesday to protest the national anthem bill, which is set to be read at the legislature later in the day. Joshua Wong, Ivan Lam, Agnes Chow and other activists ran into the so-called Civic Square in front of the Central […]

Gov’t doesn’t need 18 months to build online portal for HK$4k cash handout, says IT sector lawmaker Charles Mok

IT sector lawmaker Charles Mok has said that an online system for residents to apply for the government’s HK$4,000 cash handout would not take 18 months to build, despite a claim by the city’s acting leader. The cash handout programme received criticism after many community centres ran out of adequate paper application forms, and enquiry […]

China’s second gene-edited foetus is 12-14 weeks old: scientist

by Poornima Weerasekara & Catherine Lai The second woman carrying a gene-edited foetus in China could now be 12 to 14 weeks into her pregnancy, according to a US physician in close contact with the researcher who claimed to have created the world’s first genetically-modified babies last year. Chinese scientist He Jiankui shocked the scientific community after […]

Conservationists criticise wildlife NGO WWF over redevelopment project at Hong Kong nature reserve

Conservationists have criticised wildlife NGO WWF Hong Kong over its plan to redevelop a visitor building at Mai Po Nature Reserve, citing poor environmental practices. The NGO said in 2017 that its Peter Scott Field Studies Centre would be upgraded into a two-storey building between this April and January 2021. The site is zoned for government, institution or […]

Hong Kong court rejects activist ‘Long Hair’ Leung Kwok-hung’s bid for final appeal over inmate haircut rules

Hong Kong’s Court of Appeal on Tuesday rejected an application from former lawmaker “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung to challenge prison rules over haircuts at the city’s highest court. Leung, known for his lengthy hair, said he will directly apply to the Court of Final Appeal. Leung’s iconic locks were cut short in 2014 whilst serving […]

Ex-diplomats, scholars urge China to release Canadians

by Elizabeth Law A group of more than 100 former diplomats and academics have signed an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping calling for the release of two Canadians who have been detained on national security grounds. Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor were on December 10 arrested for activities that “endanger China’s national security” […]

Gov’t abandons controversial legislative motion to adjust tolls at 3 cross-harbour tunnels

The government will not raise a controversial motion on Wednesday at the Legislative Council over adjustments to the tolls at Hong Kong’s three cross-harbour tunnels. The move failed to gain adequate support from lawmakers, though the government says it will not give up on the toll adjustment proposal. The plan, set to be enacted in […]

Gov’t has tried to simplify HK$4k cash handout scheme, says Acting Chief Exec. Matthew Cheung

Acting Chief Executive Matthew Cheung has said the government has tried to simplify the process for residents to receive a cash handout, but it must strike a balance between convenience and effectiveness of the scheme. The government announced last year that around 2.8 million eligible Hongkongers are to receive HK$4,000 under a new programme. The scheme […]

Pro-Beijing stance of proposed University of Hong Kong Student Union cabinet sparks row

The proposed cabinet of the University of Hong Kong Student Union has sparked controversy owing to their pro-Beijing political stance. The three-person team, called “Prism,” told a public consultation with students on Monday that they had no political affiliation. Prism is the only cabinet running for office at the union. Another candidate is running for […]

Over half of Hong Kong university students unaware of anti-sexual harassment policies – survey

Over half of Hong Kong students are unaware of their university’s anti-sexual harassment policy, an Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) study has found. In an online poll of 14,442 students across nine universities, 55.6 per cent said that they did not know whether their university had an anti-sexual harassment policy, while 41.4 per cent said that […]

Hong Kong failing to tackle wildlife smuggling epidemic: study

Hong Kong must do more to crack down on illegal wildlife smuggling by ending legal loopholes and lenient sentences, conservation groups said Monday, as they detailed the city’s role in the lucrative trade. Despite its comparatively small size, the bustling southern Chinese transport hub plays a “disproportionate” role in wildlife crime, researchers said, accounting for […]

Hong Kong nurses protest overcrowding and lack of resources at public hospitals, as health chief booed

More than 100 members of the Association of Hong Kong Nursing Staff protested outside government headquarters on Sunday, demanding more be done to tackle overstretched resources at public hospitals. Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan appeared at the protest personally to meet the nurses, but she did not promise to fulfil their demands. Chan left as […]

Police arrest hotel cleaner after tourist killed by falling window in Tsim Sha Tsui

The police have arrested a cleaner working at the Mira Hong Kong hotel, after a woman was killed by a falling window on Monday morning. The female cleaner was arrested under section 4B of the Summary Offences Ordinance upon suspicion of allowing an object to fall from a building to the danger or injury of any person in or […]

In Pictures: Above the concrete canopy – Hong Kong’s awe-inspiring cityscape from above

A giant container ship sailing under a suspension bridge; Chinese cemeteries as densely packed as the housing blocks their occupants once lived in; lush rows of paddy fields — aerial shots offer a whole new perspective on Hong Kong. Internationally it may be best known as a high-octane finance hub filled with skyscrapers, but there […]

Traffic jams on both sides of harbour as drivers adjust to newly opened Central-Wan Chai Bypass

Traffic jams were spotted during Monday rush hour around Central and the Western Harbour Crossing as road users adjusted to the new Central-Wan Chai Bypass. The bypass, which is 4.5 kilometres long and took nearly 10 years to complete, was partially opened on Sunday. It cost HK$36 billion and the government said it would speed […]

At Davos, the message of ‘Globalization 4.0’ must include a rebuke of China’s ethnic cleaning in Xinjiang

China is engaged in what increasingly resembles crimes against humanity in Xinjiang. This includes the mass internment of one million Uyghur, Kazakh, and other Muslim minorities, forced labour, torture, and efforts to destroy their unique cultural identity. Such abhorrent practices must be denounced and denied a place in the next wave of globalization at Davos.  This year, the focus at Davos, stated on its […]