When Anti-Waste and Anti-Corruption Campaign Meet Traditional Custom

By Zhou Yangyang

  1. Introduction

After the launch of Ordinance of Practising Strict Economy and Combat Waste on Party and Government Offices and China Anti-Corruption Campaign (OPCGF), China has achieved a great success on the construction of clean government. However, some reasonable and necessary welfare such as festival solatium, subsidized meal, recuperation holiday and celebration event especially annual feast on junior staff are cancelled untenably along with the control on senior employee’s corruption. (Xie, 2014) It raises up junior staff’s dissatisfaction and arouses criticism on whether this campaign has gone to another extreme where traditional custom and employees’ interest are hurt.

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In the sensitive contexts of state security versus human rights, the government should consider the marginal benefit to security and the marginal damage to human rights caused by the law.

By Tse Siu Hang


Currently, China is lack of a systematic law to fight against terrorism. In late 2014, the National People’s Congress (NPC) published the draft for the country’s first anti-terrorism law, which then aroused international concern for the human rights issue. NPC recently passed the second reading for the draft law in February. This article will focus on the flaws about human rights issues of the draft and provide some legal solutions, in order to strike a balance between state security and human rights.

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Shall we review the One-Way Permit Holder arrangement?

By Kwok Sai Fung

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The recent anti-parallel trading protest in Yuen Long has aroused the public’s attention towards the mainland traders and tensioned the Hong Kong-Mainland relations. Some protestors even argued that we should stop the One-Way Permit Holder arrangement (OWP) to prohibit the influx of mainlanders to Hong Kong (SCMP, 2015). OWP is a document issued by the Central Government to allow mainlanders to migrate and settle in Hong Kong. It aims to enable mainlanders to migrate to Hong Kong for family re-union and avoid the influx of illegal immigrants in Hong Kong (Bacon, 2009).

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Data Storage in Switzerland

By Adriana Zurita

Switzerland’s transition from secure storage of money to secure storage of data: the country has become a Digital Paradise.

Source: The Guardian. Experts believe the survey reveals a significant level of concern among business leaders regarding the safety of data. Photograph: Lasse Kristensen /Alamy


Since the discoveries of Edward Snowden on the programs of NSA, the importance of data protection has been made clear. A big number of companies are seeking to relocate their information in order to avoid being spied on. Switzerland now seams to be the final security homeland.

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Narcotics: Is capital punishment the solution for Indonesia?

By Wijaya Felix Kevin


In the end of 2014, President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, rejected all appeal for clemency to drug traffickers who are under capital punishment. As a result, the first round of execution was held in January this year. In regional and national scale, 75% of the people supported the capital punishment (Sydney Morning Herald, 2015). In the opposite, Human Rights Watch and National Commission for Human Rights strongly oppose the law. However, despite the pressure given to the government, the decision to place capital punishment on drug traffickers remain unchanged.

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Economic Development versus Environmental Protection – Investigation on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Ordinance

By Fung Tsz Wun

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Recently, Executive Council bypassed LegCo to approve the Three-Runway System (3RS) project that costs over HK$141 billions. It is the second-largest reclamation in Hong Kong. While environmental impacts still remain controversial, its EIA report (EIA-223/2014) had been approved.


EIA Ordinance was established in 1997 to reduce environmental impacts from development. Designated projects are accessed in 12 aspects, including fisheries, noise and ecology etc. (EPD, 2011). However, with various loopholes, EIA Ordinance is just a toothless tiger (Leung, 2003).

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Racial discrimination in law enforcement (USA)

By So Tsz Hin

News: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/25/us/atlanta-police-shooting-victim-tried-to-live-a-life-that-mattered.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1409232722000&bicmet=1419773522000&_r=0

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It is no longer a rare news hearing black people being gunned down by the US police, as there are more cases of police using lethal force onto black citizens, there is heated debate on whether the use of force is biased in most cases. In most of the lethal cases, the black individual tend to be violating a minor offence, then when the police arrive, they are shot and to be found dead. The community has blamed on overuse of firearms in police, and the deep rooted problem of racism in the US. (Fausset, 2015)

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