Rising through the ranks as a civil servant, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor was Hong Kong’s 4th and current Chief Executive.



Can Hong Kong’s ‘patriots-only’ legislature hold itself to account?

Our constitutional structure requires that the chief executive be accountable to the Legislative Council (LegCo). This presumes that LegCo has sufficient autonomy to hold the chief executive and the Hong Kong government to account. Since authorities introduced our new “patriots-only” political system, we have yet to test this assumption. Can LegCo mount credible, transparent, and…

Hundreds of vacancies on Hong Kong’s District Councils leave residents underserved

We do not enjoy the rule of law in Hong Kong; we enjoy the rule of selected laws. Consider the District Councils Ordinance. This is an admirably clear effort. The relevant parts go like this: If a vacancy arises in the office of an elected member, the Designated Officer must, by notice published in the…

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As bell tolls for Hong Kong’s Liberal Studies, teachers fear for critical thinking and open discussion

As the last students stepped out of Hong Kong’s university entry test venues after sitting the Liberal Studies exam on Thursday, the moment marked the end of the subject’s short-lived yet controversial history. Introduced in 2009, Liberal Studies was one of the four core subjects in the senior secondary curriculum – meaning that every secondary…

Small mercies: Low-profile groups struggle to support Hong Kong prisoners a year after the fall of Wall-fare

Of all the traumatic occasions in Wall-fare’s brief but eventful existence, the founder of the prisoners’ rights group will above all remember March last year – when tearful and panicky relatives of dozens of detained pro-democracy figures thronged its office appealing for help. The 1,000-square-foot room was in tumult, recalled Shiu Ka-chun in an interview…

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