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Past articles by Alvin:

Leading legal adviser says Beijing offices right to criticise opposition lawmakers

Professor Albert Chen, a member of the Basic Law Committee, argues Article 22 covering the central authorities’ role in the city must not be narrowly interpreted. The ‘admonition’ over the legislature’s failure to pass bills is justified given it goes to the heart of effective governing. → Read More

Coronavirus: as food runs low, calls to speed up help for Hongkongers stranded in Hubei province

More than 2,000 city residents are still stuck in different locations across Hubei province, where the coronavirus outbreak began. One of them says he and his family only have enough food to last a week. → Read More

Coronavirus: nine members of same family confirmed with disease in Hong Kong after sharing hotpot and barbecue meal

Health authorities in Hong Kong warn of ‘major difficulties’ in tracing possible virus carriers because some might only show mild flu-like symptoms at an early stage. → Read More

Hong Kong protests: tear gas fired, arrests as rally for universal suffrage in Central descends into chaos

Several rounds of tear gas fired after police shut down event in Chater Garden, Central. → Read More

Hong Kong Disneyland urged to allow site earmarked for phase two expansion to be used for transitional housing

The city’s housing minister has urged Hong Kong Disneyland to give up a site reserved for the theme park’s future expansion to unlock land for transitional homes – a complete U-turn on the government policy of not allowing residential use there. → Read More

Hong Kong plan to send fugitives to mainland China not cause for human rights concerns, security minister says, as 55 countries already have extradition deals with Beijing

Hong Kong’s security minister on Friday told local lawmakers not to judge through “coloured lenses” a plan to hand over fugitives to mainland China, because 55 countries already trusted Beijing enough to have signed extradition treaties.... → Read More

Hong Kong health minister Sophia Chan compares e-cigarettes to an epidemic as she defends coming ban

Hong Kong’s health minister likened the e-cigarette trend to an epidemic on Thursday, as she defended the government’s push to remove alternative cigarettes from the market, saying they posed new challenges to the authorities’ drive to deter teenagers from picking up smoking.... → Read More

Strike extradition deal solely with Taiwan instead of changing fugitive law to include mainland China, Hong Kong opposition lawmakers and lawyers’ group urge government

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy lawmakers and the head of the Bar Association want the government to work out an extradition arrangement with Taiwan instead of changing the law to include mainland China, Macau and other parts of the world.... → Read More

Hong Kong is considering changing the law on transferring fugitives – so how are extraditions dealt with now, and why are there no deals with mainland China, Taiwan and Macau?

If proposal becomes law, there will be an extradition arrangement between Hong Kong and the mainland for the first time → Read More

Fugitives face extradition to Macau, Taiwan and mainland China under Hong Kong government proposal to amend law this year

The extradition of fugitives between Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and mainland China may be possible as early as the second half of this year under a government proposal to amend legislation and enable the surrender of suspects in criminal cases.... → Read More

Yellow anti-skid coating on Sheung Wan heritage steps to be removed amid criticism that historic Hong Kong stairways would be ruined

Hong Kong’s highway officials have agreed to remove yellow anti-skid coating on two flights of century-old street stairs in Sheung Wan amid criticism the work would destroy the historic steps.... → Read More

Hong Kong pro-democracy party chief Wu Chi-wai may give up Wong Tai Sin district seat after 20 years

The leader of Hong Kong’s flagship pro-democracy party may not seek re-election in district council polls this year, bringing to an end a five-term winning streak.... → Read More

Form a dedicated committee to keep an eye on Hong Kong, politicians and civic groups urge British lawmakers

British lawmakers should task a dedicated parliamentary committee with scrutinising any encroachment on Hong Kong’s freedoms and autonomy, the city’s former No 2 official Anson Chan Fang On-sang and a number of groups have said.... → Read More

China faces barrage of criticism over jailing of human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang

Professional bodies of lawyers from six different jurisdictions including Hong Kong have expressed grave concern over the jailing of Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, who has been sentenced to 4½ years in prison for subversion.... → Read More

Calmer political days in Hong Kong result in drop in donations for pro-democracy groups at Lunar New Year fair

Pro-democracy groups in Hong Kong have received fewer donations from Lunar New Year fair shoppers this year, with party leaders pointing to less politically charged times in Hong Kong as a reason.... → Read More

Lawmaker Eddie Chu launches legal challenge to his disqualification from rural representative election

Lawmaker Eddie Chu Hoi-dick on Friday launched a legal challenge against his disqualification from a rural representative election and argued electoral officials were not entitled to vet his political stance.... → Read More

Data breaches in Hong Kong have jumped 80 per cent in five years, now privacy watchdog wants more power and resources to give future investigations ‘teeth’

The number of data breach reports reached a record high last year, the privacy watchdog said on Thursday as it revealed plans to tighten relevant laws in the next few months.... → Read More

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam shrugs off calls to quit but pledges to shed elitist mindset

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor shrugged off calls on Wednesday for her resignation, but promised to reflect on intense criticism over her government’s handling of controversial welfare policy issues and learn lessons about humility and shedding an elitist mindset.... → Read More

Hong Kong pro-democracy group Demosisto has Lunar New Year bags ‘censored’ after mainland Chinese firm refuses to print logo

Mainland Chinese manufacturers have refused to print certain Lunar New Year products containing political slogans or satire, according to Hong Kong’s pro-democracy camp.... → Read More

Hong Kong lawmakers vote down no confidence motion against embattled justice chief Teresa Cheng over dropped CY Leung case

Lawmakers voted down a third motion of no confidence against Hong Kong’s justice minister Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah on Monday although the embattled official again refused to discuss why a misconduct case against former leader Leung Chun-ying was dropped.... → Read More