Academic Roundtable: Universal Suffrage and Nomination Procedures: Imperatives from Article 25 ICCPR

20 March 2014 | Center for Comparative and Public Law, Faulty of Law, The University of Hong Kong

The Centre for Comparative and Public Law at the Faculty of Law, the University of Hong Kong hosted an academic roundtable on “Universal Suffrage and Nomination Procedures: Imperatives from Article 25 ICCPR” in light of the impending electoral reforms in Hong Kong on 20 March, 2014. The Roundtable garnered the reflections of international experts on the requirements of equal and universal suffrage as expressed in Article 25. These insights will be used as a basis to evaluate the various proposed models for electing the Chief Executive and members of the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. 

Event details, including written submissions by participants

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Martin Lee: Hong Kong’s Shaky Democratic Future

Martin Lee | 13 March 2014 | New York Times

The world backed the deal to transfer Hong Kong from Britain to China when China’s paramount leader, Deng Xiaoping, promised to uphold a new arrangement he called “one country, two systems.” We took these words to heart.

By denying Hong Kong the right to democratically elect our leader and all of our legislators while interfering more and more with our freedoms, Beijing is undermining the framework established in 1997 that protects Hong Kong peoples’ basic rights. Worse, the central government’s interference sets up a perpetual confrontation with Beijing, leaving Hong Kongers no other political outlet than protesting in the streets.

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