1.今天的立法會教育事務委員會就政府推出的基本法視像教材(「教材」)作出討論。期間,兩位立法會議員批評法政匯思與教協在7月12日就教材發佈的報告(「報告」)。其言論如下:

(a) 鍾樹根議員:「 …法政匯思,有啲律師喺非法佔中期間,就做啲破壞法律嘅嘢… 佢哋錯誤講成正確,自己做啲非法嘅嘢,佢哋就講成正義…」

(b) 何俊賢議員:「… 好似頭先亦都有啲議員講話嗰個法政匯思,好多都參與非法佔中,佢哋自己搞緊破壞法治嘅嘢…」

2. 香港是一個多元化的社會,不同人對公共問題有不同的意見實屬正常。法政匯思秉承做實事的精神,在發表報告時,亦預料到社會上會有不同的反應。就市民關心的公眾議題,我們絕對歡迎大家就議題的內容發表不同的聲音。

3. 可惜,有些政客不想、不願、不能或不懂怎樣就公共問題參與理性的討論。他們選擇以誹謗性的言論作出無理的謾罵。就此,法政匯思對鍾樹根及何俊賢議員既沒有根據、亦沒有內容的言論深感遺憾。我們亦留意到鍾樹根及何俊賢議員並未能指出法政匯思如何違法或鼓勵其他人作出違法行爲。

4. 法政匯思會繼續根據其成員的誠信及專業知識,就大眾關注的議題發聲並提出有建設性及具體的建議。我們相信香港市民的眼睛是雪亮的。誰在光明磊落走實事求是的正路、誰在心懷叵測走無理謾罵的小路,大家有目共睹。

法政匯思
2015年7月15日

1. Today’s Legislative Council Education Panel meeting discussed the Government’s Basic Law multimedia teaching materials (“Materials”). At that time, the following two legislators criticised the reports on the Materials by the Professional Teachers Union and the Progressive Lawyers Group dated 12 July 2015 (“Reports”):

(a) Christopher Chung: “… Progressive Lawyers Group, some of the lawyers did things which damaged the law during the illegal occupation of Central campaign… They speak of wrong as if right, they themselves did illegal things, and they speak as if they were just…”

(b) Steven Ho: “… Just as some other members of the Legislative Council have said, that Progressive Lawyers Group, many [of them] participated in the illegal occupation of Central, they themselves are doing things to damage the rule of law…”

2. Hong Kong is a diverse society, and it is normal for different people to have different views on public issues. When we issued the Report in the spirit of dealing with matters of substance, we knew that there would be different responses within society. On public issues of concern to the people, we absolutely welcome different voices to discuss the substance of the issues with us.

3. Sadly, some politicians do not wish to, are not willing to, cannot or do not know how to engage in rational discussion of public issues. They choose instead to use defamatory words to make unwarranted rants. The Progressive Lawyers Group expresses its deep disappointment in relation to the baseless and contentless remarks by Christopher Chung and Steven Ho. We note that Mr Chung and Mr Ho have failed to identify a single instance in which the Progressive Lawyers Group has broken the law or encouraged others to do so.

4. The Progressive Lawyers Group will, in accordance with our professional integrity and knowledge, continue to speak out and making constructive and specific comments on issues that are of general public concern. We have faith in the people of Hong Kong’s judgment. On the question of who is taking the high road of tackling matters of substance, and who is taking the low road of engaging in unwarranted rants, the answer is clear for all to see.

Progressive Lawyers Group
15 July 2015

Statement originally appeared in Stand News on 15 July 2015