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Foreign background of judges should not be a cause for concern: Ronny Tong Listen
Senior Counsel Ronny Tong says a judge’s foreign background and stance on LGBT issues should not be a cause for concern. DAB lawmaker Holden Chow has said that the liberal views held on such issues by two newly-appointed, non-permanent judges -- Baroness Hale and Beverly McLachlin -- to the Court of Final Appeal, may not be in line with local values. But Tong said the social and political inclinations of judges should not affect their independence in applying the law to the letter. He also said the appointment of foreign judges to the top court was permitted under the Basic Law. Tong told Annemarie Evans that the court is now ranked as one of the best in the world:
Marine sites should be designated as protected areas: environmental group Listen
The environmental group WWF-Hong Kong says seven of the territory’s most sensitive marine sites should be designated as protected areas, to safeguard valuable habits and species. The sites cover more than 8,000 hectares and are facing threats from development, increased marine traffic and unregulated recreational activities. The group’s Assistant Director of Oceans Conservation Samantha Lee spoke to Jim Gould: