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Confidence in the CE?; Confronting Death and Suicide; The Legal System Under Attack (07 Dec 2012)


On the coming Monday, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying is scheduled to appear in the Legislative Council to answer questions regarding illegal structures in his home. On Wednesday, he’ll be facing a motion of no confidence in the chamber. This week, he went out on a consultation exercise. Even there, it was not plain sailing.   According to the World Health Organization’s latest report, Hong Kong has the 26th highest suicide rate of 107 countries it examined. Fourteen out of every hundred thousand people kill themselves every year. Relatives and loved ones left behind often find it hard to get help in dealing with the aftermath. Some groups are helping them to deal with it. Others are saying that education on facing questions of suicide, death and grief should be a part of our school curriculum.   In the midst of increasing concern among Hong Kong people about the erosion of the idea of “one country two systems”, one of the most recent controversies has been over what has long been seen as one of Hong Kong’s greatest advantages for attracting investment and business: its independent legal system based on common law.  Hong Kong was promised its systems would stay unchanged for at least fifty years after the handover. Some already feel there are attempts to renege on that promise. Pro-Beijing forces seem to be mounting several attacks on Hong Kong's independent judiciary.

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Publish Date: 
Friday, December 7, 2012
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