February 13, 1999 |
Elsie Leung, Hong Kong's justice secretary, said Chinese officials she had met in Beijing told her that a controversial court ruling on immigration violated the territory's Basic Law and should be rectified. China has challenged the court ruling that opens the door to tens of thousands of potential immigrants from the mainland. Outraged Hong Kong politicians have accused Beijing of meddling.
February 9, 1999 |
Setting the stage for a constitutional crisis that will test the limits of Hong Kong's judicial independence, a senior Chinese Cabinet official Monday attacked a ruling by the territory's highest court granting the right of abode to thousands of mainland-born children whose parents live in Hong Kong. "The decision of the Hong Kong court was a mistake and against the Basic Law," Zhao Qizheng, director of the State Council Information Office, told reporters attending a reception in Beijing.
January 30, 1999 |
People with one parent from Hong Kong have the right to live in the territory and do not need permission from mainland China to do so, Hong Kong's highest court ruled Friday in a landmark immigration case. The territory's Court of Final Appeal said Beijing was violating the constitutional rights of emigrants with Hong Kong ancestry by insisting on its own screening process. China requires people to gain exit permits before they move out.
March 21, 1998 |
Immigration authorities released prominent U.S.-based Chinese dissident Wang Bingzhang early today, a Hong Kong-based human rights group said. "This morning at 1 a.m., Wang was released by the Hong Kong immigration department and Wang is now in Macao," said Frank Lu of the Information Center of Human Rights and Democratic Movement in China. Wang intended to leave Macao today for Taiwan, Lu said.
June 26, 1997 |
While millions of people in China may want to live in prospering Hong Kong, Lam Mei-cheng, a housewife from nearby Guangdong province, had three compelling reasons to sneak across the border: Her husband and two of her children are here. But under the strict immigration laws of Hong Kong and China, Lam had been separated from her husband for more than half of their 11-year marriage. They have a total of four children but had been apart even during the births of some of them.
April 6, 1997 |
The top U.S. immigration officer in Hong Kong has been suspended and placed under investigation less than a year after his predecessor was caught smuggling forged passports into the colony, a U.S. official said. James DeBates, acting chief of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, was placed on administrative leave with pay pending an inquiry by the agency, U.S. Consulate spokeswoman Norma Harris said. Harris said she had no further information on the investigation.