Hong Kong's War against Domestic Helpers

The Hong Kong government seems set on ensuring that its ethnocentric instincts trump the rule of law. Following a court decision that gave right of abode (permanent residence) to a maid from the Philippines who has been living in the territory for 25 years, the government has indicated that it would not only take the case to the Court of Appeal and, Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal but if necessary to Beijing to have the judgment overturned by the National People's Congress. No Communist government imagines that it should be subservient to constitutional process interpreted by judges so the NPC would rubber stamp the Hong Kong government's preference for putting its decisions above the rule of law.

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