【法政巴絲】精人中的精人?

//但佔中三子到底煽惑了誰?如果他們是「精人中的精人」,那麼誰是被煽惑去煽惑他人的「精人」?似乎連提控的律政司一方亦不太清楚。三子的代表律師稱曾去信律政司查問,但控方未能提供有關資料。僅指包括佔中糾察、義工及支持者。若控方真的把他們當成「精人」,這麼龐大和含糊的定義將如何在無合理疑點的情況下證明到「精人」們有受煽惑去煽惑他人?香港法院將如何處理這群「精人中的精人」的雙重煽惑仍是未知之數。// 請看我們成員寶福山雅治@法政巴絲,今期就「佔中三子」被控的「雙重煽惑」控罪,為我們作有趣精闢的分析

Three Years After Occupy, Hong Kong Democracy Movement Stalled, ‘Divided’

Hundreds of democracy activists protested outside government headquarters in Hong Kong on Thursday, marking the third anniversary of the start of the Occupy Central campaign for fully democratic elections that brought hundreds of thousands onto the city's streets at its height. Kevin Yam, convenor of the pro-democracy Progressive Lawyers Group, said the struggle for democracy in the former British colony was unlikely to be achieved quickly, however. "This isn't a flash in the pan; it's going to take a lot of ongoing, hard work from everyone," Yam said. "We will have to swallow our anger and work patiently."

‘A landmark judgment’: Legal experts and banks react to Hong Kong’s key LGBT court ruling

Legal experts have hailed the Court of Appeal’s “landmark” decision on Monday to rule in favour of a lesbian expatriate who was previously refused a spousal visa by the Immigration Department. Geoffrey Yeung, member of Progressive Lawyers Group, told HKFP: “[The] judgment is an important step towards equality for same sex couples in Hong Kong. It is a recognition that same sex relationships in Hong Kong are valid relationships.”

【法政巴絲】微笑的力量 — 向709人權律師的太太們致敬

艾思@法政巴絲: 「原來,最強大的武器不是槍和坦克;不是監控和維穩網絡;也不是牢獄和酷刑。政權可以禁錮一個人的身體,限制他的行動,但無法消滅他的希望與信念。而這種希望與信念,就像燃點一朵小小的燈火,溫柔但光亮,甚至照亮一整片黑暗。」 向709律師的太太和家人們,遙遙送上我們的祝福!

法政匯思就有關高速鐵路香港段一地兩檢安排的陳述書 (Submission on Express Rail Link Co-Location Arrangement)

政府最近宣佈其就内地-香港高速鐵路香港段的邊境管制安排及管轄權事宜的方案。簡單而言,政府建議於西九龍站設置邊境及海關管制設施的一地兩檢安排,及内地在西九龍站若干範圍內及所有運作列車上擁有刑事管轄權。法政匯思認為該建議明顯及直接違反《基本法》的多項條款,特別是第17、18、19及22條。就政府方案如何違反《基本法》的詳細分析,詳見中文版完整陳述書。(The Government has recently announced its proposal on the border control arrangements and jurisdictional matters in relation to the Mainland-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (“XRL”). In short, the Government proposes a co-location arrangement of border and customs control facilities at West Kowloon Station and the Mainland to have criminal jurisdiction to be exercised at some areas of West Kowloon Station and on all operating trains. The Progressive Lawyers Group (“PLG”) is of the view that such proposal is in clear and direct contravention of numerous provisions of the Basic Law, in particular, Articles 17, 18, 19 and 22. For the detailed analysis of how the Government's proposal violates the Basic Law, please read further.)

【法政巴絲】L、G、B、T

//一套完善嘅性別承認制度,可以話係對跨性別人士相當重要嘅保障。變性人婚權案喺2013年有終極判決,當時終審法院已指出,立法機關就性別承認機制立法,實屬可取。到咗4年後,政府先推出諮詢文件。平權仲有漫漫長路,例如反歧視法、同性婚姻/民事結合,都係香港無可避免要討論嘅議題。// 希望大家睇完「法政匯貓」對LGBT的深入淺出嘅講解之後,可以多啲了解跨性別人士,以及就政府嘅「性別承認」諮詢文件踴躍發表意見喇!

對政府建議一地兩檢方案的法律問題 (FAQs on Hong Kong Government’s Co-location Proposal)

法政匯思就政府建議高鐵香港段實施一地兩檢為大家準備了常見問題解答,以供參考。(Progressive Lawyers Group has prepared a list of FAQs on the Government's proposal on co-location arrangement at the West Kowloon Terminus. Please take a look!)

法政匯思:法治的醬缸

羅馬的傾覆並非一朝一夕,一套制度由運作良好至死亡可能經歷幾代人的時間。香港的法治也不會因為一宗上訴庭的刑期覆核而壽終正寢,但不代表不應以宏觀的角度,定期為香港法治把脈,看他是否仍血氣暢順,抑或已是氣若游絲。

「一地兩檢」關注組記者會

法政匯思成員吳宗鑾今天(9月12日)出席了「一地兩檢」關注組記者會,公布「一地兩檢」替代方案研討會以及其後內部商討日的安排。法政匯思為關注組成員之一。

【一地兩檢】研討會將討論七方案 陳帆表明拒出席

一地兩檢關注組(法政匯思為成員之一)聯同大專學界,本周六將於香港大學舉行一地兩檢替代方案研討會,當日會提出7個高鐵邊檢方案,由不同專家講解各方案利弊。

An all-out war of words: Where does free speech start and end in Hong Kong?

Progressive Lawyer Group member Jason Y. Ng talks about the free speech controversies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學 - CUHK and The Education University of Hong Kong, in an op-ed for the Hong Kong Free Press HKFP (views are his own). "Activists fighting for marriage equality or access to medical marijuana should be free to wave rainbow flags or hand out leaflets explaining the health benefits of cannabis. Neither same-sex marriage nor marijuana use is legally permissible, but that’s precisely the point of free speech: to debate whether they should be."

【法政巴絲】不關我的事

今早剛剛散庭,遇見從旁邊法庭出來的王大狀,我們是較早前在一宗刑事案件中認識的,那是一宗襲警案件,案中的警員有受傷及制服被撕破,我們代表同案的被告們,雖然最後王大狀代表的被告被法庭定罪,但王大狀很落力替被告抗辯及求情,令我敬佩,但最出人意表的是法官判處該名被告罰款。因此,我除了和王大狀打招呼外,更想知道律政司有否就被告的判刑提出覆核,他告訴我律政司沒有這樣做,該名被告可以說鬆了一口氣。

一個不光彩的「世界第一」

香港人向來都喜歡認叻。曾幾何時,大家很喜歡不停地提起香港貨櫃碼頭貨運量是世界第一、香港外匯儲備是世界第一。就算這兩個地位已不再,香港人仍為自己城市多年來蟬聯世界第一自由經濟而自豪。

法政匯思:籠牢

19世紀英國哲學家Jeremy Bentham 曾經提出建設一個名叫Panopticon的圓形監獄:用一個360度的環狀建築來囚禁犯人(有點像蝙蝠俠在The Dark Knight Rises裡被囚禁的監獄),每個囚犯的監倉都有窗戶讓人監視。然後,在圓形監獄的中央豎立一座監視塔。有別於監倉的設計,監視塔是完全密封的,這樣一來,裡面的負責監視的獄卒可以隨時透過小窗,360度地監視圓形監獄的犯人,但是囚犯無從得知獄卒在何時進行監視。Jeremy Bentham認為,由於囚犯不知道監視塔裡有沒有獄卒,因此即使不是24小時有獄卒當值,囚犯都會假設任何時候自己都是被監視中。更厲害的是,由於每個囚犯的監倉都能見到其他囚犯,因此Panopticon可以讓囚犯代替獄卒的職責,進行互相監視。這樣,國家就可以減少聘請獄卒,省下經費,但是仍然能維持監獄的運作。

中大再現港獨橫額 校方斥違法

中大文化廣場昨再現「香港獨立」的橫額和單張,校方斥港獨言論「違反香港有關法律」及有違校方立場,表明會清拆。傍晚約20名學生收到消息後聚集廣場守護橫額。學生會斥校方以權欺壓學生,會視乎情況考慮下一步行動。

Free speech row as CUHK warns against pro-independence banners

Banners calling for Hong Kong independence reappeared in the campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) on Tuesday, prompting the university authorities to issue a warning. Kevin Yam Kin-fung, founder of the Progressive Lawyers Group, said the flyers and posters had merely discussed the issues and did not insinuate or encourage others to harm the regime. Hence, no law was broken, he argued.

【法政巴絲】遇上冷風雨 休太認真?

颱風「天鴿」上週吹襲澳門,廣泛地區水浸及停電,造成人命傷亡,大量財物損壞及垃圾囤積。最終澳門特區政府更須請來解放軍部隊協助救災。和香港只一橋之隔的澳門,作為東方的賭城、國際級度假區的匯集之地,竟一夜間變成了死城!對於久不久就「過大海」玩兩鋪找美食的我,新聞和網上片段的畫面確是難以置信。我只覺惋惜和痛心不已。願死者安息,生者堅強。