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How full is full religious freedom?

HONG KONG (SE): In the clash of heads over the inclusion by chief executive hopeful, Carrie Lam Chen Yuet-ngor, of a suggestion to set up a government Religious Affairs Unit in Hong Kong (see page 1), the phrase, “Hong Kong already enjoys full religious freedom” is being tossed about with gay abandon.

While it is a guarantee of the Basic Law, the definition of religious freedom seems to be at least up for grabs, as it is not necessarily clear who has the right to define or describe it.

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Prayer rally prior to Beijing interpretation

HONG KONG (SE): In anticipation of the bombshell dropped by Beijing in interpreting the fate of two newly-elected members of the Legislative Council (LegCo), Yau Wai-ching and Baggio Leung Chung-hang, the Justice and Peace Commission of Hong Kong organised a prayer rally on November 6.

Beijing had announced that it would hand down an interpretation of Article 104 on November 7, preempting a ruling from the Court of First Instance, which had held a hearing beginning on November 3, but has yet to give a ruling.

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Who are the scribes and Pharisees in the right of abode debate?

 

The recent judicial review for foreign domestic workers on their right of abode seems to have torn Hong Kong apart.

Newspaper columns make remarks, legislators express their views and groups rally, but the bulk of mainstream opinion has been against foreign domestic workers having the right to apply for abode.

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