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Opinion | National security: Prohibition on suspended prison sentences highlights deterrence and punishment

In 1971, the courts in Hong Kong were given the power to suspend sentences of imprisonment. Although a sentence can only be suspended if the offender has been sentenced to not more than two years' imprisonment, judges and magistrates regularly deploy suspended sentences.

Opinion | HK no longer seen as China's Achilles heel after national security legislation

The event that sticks most in my mind from 2003 when I served as the Director of Public Prosecutions was the failed attempt by CH Tung's government to enact the BL Art.23 national security proposals.

Opinion | Blinken's visa threats expose US hypocrisy

"A good example," said Pope Francis, "brings about so much good, but hypocrisy brings about so much evil."

Opinion | Human rights protections underpin Safeguarding National Security Ordinance

Although it was inevitable the West's anti-China forces would criticize Hong Kong's Safeguarding National Security Ordinance (the Ordinance), which was passed by the Legislative Council on March 19, its shameless myth-making exceeded expectations. Regardless of its content, they viewed it as just another stick with which to beat Hong Kong. The usual suspects all weighed in, with nobody bothering to understand the Ordinance's human rights protections.

Opinion | CE's power to issue subsidiary legislation for national security ensures comprehensive protection

On March 14, when the Safeguarding National Security Bill (the bill) was scrutinized by a Legislative Council bills committee, the government proposed several amendments. The most significant involved empowering the chief executive, acting in conjunction with the Executive Council, to make subsidiary legislation to safeguard national security.

Opinion | UK poll: Desperate politicians seek votes by smearing Hong Kong

As the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government's consultation exercise on the Article 23 legislation was about to conclude, an extraordinary intervention occurred. On Feb 27, its penultimate day, the United Kingdom's foreign secretary, Lord (David) Cameron, weighed in with an impudent request that recalled Britain's imperial past. He said, "I strongly urge the Hong Kong SAR government to re-consider their proposals and engage in genuine and meaningful consultation with the people of Hong Kong."

Opinion | Article 23: Western critics sharpen knives

On Feb 16, the convenor of the executive council, Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, said there had been no official statements from foreign countries opposing or discrediting the Article 23 legislation consultation paper. She said she believed they were still studying the proposals and would hopefully reach balanced conclusions.

Opinion | Traditional approach to prison sentences should be preferable

In the consultation exercise it launched on Jan 30, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government unveiled its thoughts on the shape of its forthcoming national security legislation, the Safeguarding National Security Ordinance. The Basic Law requires the government to enact national security laws (Article 23), and a comprehensive package was unveiled, extending beyond what is strictly required. Whereas existing laws will be modernized, including espionage, sedition and treason, conduct such as foreign interference, insurrection and sabotage will be criminalized.

Opinion | Chris Patten's folly: Doomed legacy foretold in Westminster

The United Kingdom's Parliament in Westminster is among the world's oldest legislatures. Although the political parties have always insisted their members of Parliament toe the party line, there is a long tradition of independent thinking. Whereas politicians who challenged the prevailing orthodoxies sometimes faced repercussions, history has been their judge.

Opinion | Grenville Cross' open letter to UK Prime Minster Rishi Sunak

I refer to your letter to Lord Patten of Barnes, dated January 3, 2024, in response to his letter, dated December 8, 2023.

Opinion | Liz Truss plays 'China card' for riches

In 2022, Liz Truss made history. Having become the UK's prime minister on Sept 6, she lasted for only 49 days, until Oct 25. It was not only the shortest tenure in British history, but also one of the most abysmal.

Opinion | DOJ promotes awareness of national security

The National Security Law for Hong Kong (NSL) could hardly be more precise. It requires the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to "promote national security education in schools and universities and through social organizations, the media, the internet and other means to raise the awareness of Hong Kong residents of national security and of the obligation to abide by the law" (Art.10).

Opinion | HK's resilient legal system can withstand interference from foreigners

Although the trial of the former media magnate Jimmy Lai Chee-ying on charges involving sedition and collusion with foreign forces, was scheduled to begin on Dec 18, there were last-minute attempts from abroad to disrupt it.

Opinion | Economic and Trade Offices: HK should cast its net wider to counter foreign threats

Under the Basic Law, Hong Kong can "establish official or semi-official economic and trade missions in foreign countries" (Article 156). This is entirely appropriate, as the city, using the name "Hong Kong, China", is a separate customs territory. In its own right, it participates in international organizations like the World Trade Organization and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. As a staunch supporter of free trade, Hong Kong is committed to the removal of trade barriers and to measures that promote free trade.

Opinion | Child abuse: Mandatory reporting law needs expediting

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (the Convention) protects the fundamental freedoms and inherent rights of children, and has been applied in Hong Kong since 1994.
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