30 October, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 07/12/2007
HONG KONG - CHINA
No to universal suffrage before 2012, or later
Government proposals for the introduction of universal suffrage and the new electoral law have been deposited. But pro democracy parliamentarians are protesting that it has many grey areas which may privilege Beijing. Now the people have three months to decide.

Hong Kong (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen has unveiled the “green card”, a document outlining the possible options to bringing universal suffrage for the election of the Chief executive of the Legislative Council (Legco) to Hong Kong. Now the people have three months to indicate their preference between the different proposals, but pro democracy groups are already up in arms, saying that the proposals are unacceptable.

Universal has been indefinitely put off: to 2012 when a committee will be established to study how it may be done, pushing it back to 2017 or even later.  Moreover it remains unclear how the candidates for the post of Chief executive.  Art. 45 of the Basic-Law, Hong Kong’s mini constitution, provides for a popular vote on the nominated candidates with “democratic procedures”.  Because the document does not define these “democratic procedures”, fears are high that Beijing will impose a mechanism to admit its “preferred” candidates.

Currently the Chief executive is chosen by an electoral committee of 800 members controlled by Beijing and by 60 Legco seats, while the other half is chosen by special interest groups under China’s control.

Tang says that it would be better to “retain functional constituency seats [of special interest groups], but change the electoral method". A comment which pro democracy groups have defined as “shocking” and a “truly great error”.

The prop democracy lobby protest that Basic Law provides for universal suffrage and the election of the Chief Executive and Parliament. They also observe that the document offers over 486 different combinations of the future electoral law, which parliamentarian Lee Cheuk-yan retains makes it “impossible to reach consensus”.

According to Audrey Eu Yuet-mee the Civic Party leader in this confusing situation “the results of the consultation can be easily manipulated by the government”.   Emily Lau Wai-hing of The Frontier observes that “the green paper provides for the possibility of suffrage in 2012.  We will mobilize the entire community in order to achieve it”.

Analysts note that the proposals appear to correspond to the indications made by President Hu Jintao, that the Hong Kong’s political evolution must be “gradual and ordered”, respecting the superior sovereignty of Beijing.  

 


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
02/26/2008 CHINA – HONG KONG – UK
For Miliband democracy means rulers are chosen by the people
08/25/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
As mainland officials to discuss Hong Kong's future, Occupy Central prepares "waves" of protests
by Wang Zhicheng
06/18/2010 HONG KONG – CHINA
Donald Tsang (and China) loses TV debate on democracy
by James Wang
07/20/2004 HONG KONG-CHINA
Hong Kong hopes for democracy, not for independence
09/23/2006 HONG KONG
Anson Chan will not contest election for chief executive

Editor's choices
IRAQ - ITALY
Letter from Archbishop of Mosul: Thank you for your aid, supporting the plight of refugees
by Amel NonaThe donations made through the "Adopt a Christian from Mosul" campaign are used to buy food, warm clothes, blankets for refugees and rent houses or caravans given the early onset of winter and. Two women have defended their Christian faith before the Islamist militants who wanted to convert them, despite the threat of death. A refugee among refugees, Msgr. Nona discovers a new way of being a pastor.
IRAQ - ITALY
Almost 700,000 euros raised as the 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' campaign continues
by Bernardo CervelleraA second instalment is sent with funds raised in September. The fate of East-West relations is being played out in the Middle East and Iraq. Pope Francis and the Synod issue an appeal. Governments are lukewarm. Aid is coming from around the world. A new international community is defeating the "globalisation of indifference."
IRAQ-VATICAN
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul": Archbishops’ thanks as first aid arrives
by Amel NonaMsgr. Amel Nona, the Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, who is also a refugee himself, thanks all the donors to the AsiaNews campaign. The situation is increasingly difficult given the huge number of refugees and the arrival of winter and snow, making outdoor shelters and tents impossible. The crisis, an occasion that activates the faith of Christians.

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.