It is normally difficult to get lawyers to stop talking and stay quiet. But that is exactly what happened last Tuesday, when 2,000 of them, all dressed in black, marched through the center of Hong Kong in a dignified “silent protest” against a move by the Chinese government to directly intervene in the city’s legal affairs.
這幾年多了很多喪屍片，例如早排勁hit的韓國喪屍災難片《屍殺列車》和幾個星期前開始新一季的 Walking Dead 《陰屍路》。曾經有學者說喪屍片的流行與時代變遷如經濟蕭條、戰爭、疫情等有直接的關係，反影社會的無力感。我十分同意這個理論。喪屍開始的時候只會有一、兩群，不過很快就會以倍數增長，好像恐怖主義、流行病毒以至民粹主義的復興每一處也有它們的蹤影。當人們看到螢光幕上的英雄解決喪屍們時，也會墮入角色幻想自己有能力解決現實社會的問題。
The Progressive Lawyers Group says the ruling has gone well beyond an interpretation of the Basic Law as it effectively prescribes matters within the remit of Hong Kong domestic law, which is a power not accorded to Beijing under the existing Basic Law framework of Hong Kong.
What are the NPCSC’s powers of interpretation of the Basic Law? Article 67(4) of the PRC Constitution and Article 158(1) of the Basic Law gives NPCSC has a freestanding and plenary power of interpretation of the Basic Law. This was also confirmed in the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal case of Lau Kong Yung v Director of Immigration (1999) 2 HKCFAR 300. However, this power should be sparingly used. Both the Hong Kong Bar Association and the Law Society of Hong Kong have in the past consistently called on the NPCSC to use this power with great restraint, as this would give rise to concerns about the rule of law and judicial independence.
On 7 November 2016, the Standing Committee of the National Peoples Congress (“NPCSC”), in purported exercise of its powers under Article 158 of the Basic Law, issued an interpretation in relation to Article 104 of the Basic Law (“the Interpretation”). 2. This is the fifth time the NPCSC has interpreted the Basic Law. In summary, and as further explained below, the Progressive Lawyers Group’s submissions on the Interpretation are set out in this statement.
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(Quartz) As the Hong Kong government takes to the courts to challenge the right of two pro-independence politicians to swear in as lawmakers in the city’s legislature, many are looking to the judiciary as the last line of defense against Beijing’s growing encroachment on Hong Kong’s autonomy.